SCAM ALERT: COVID-19 Test Fraud Remains a Threat as Testing Begins to Fall in Missouri
SCAM ALERT: COVID-19 Test Fraud Remains a Threat as Testing Begins to Fall in Missouri

SCAM ALERT: COVID-19 Test Fraud Remains a Threat as Testing Begins to Fall in Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ),

When the omicron wave hit Missouri, COVID-19 testing saw a big increase in early January. At the same time is The FDA released a study shows COVID-19 test scams popping up as the demand for tests increases.

The Better Business Bureau warns you not to fall victim to a COVID-19 test scam, even though demand for testing has dropped dramatically in Missouri in the past month, from 337,638 total tests recorded on January 9 to 44,564 total tests recorded on February 6. .

According to the BBB scam trackerMore than 50 COVID-19 scams have been reported nationwide, with at least one reported in Missouri.

COVID-19 test scams work in several different ways. In one version, fraudsters sell unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, which can give inaccurate results. In another version, robocalls are sent to out, leading you to a site similar to a legitimate company offering COVID-19 testing. In other cases, scammers use what looks like a simple home test kit, but little information is given on how the test works. And in the latest twist, there have been reports of scammers showing up at test sites and giving fake tests to people queuing to avoid the wait.

Michelle Gleba of the Better Business Bureau said the best way to avoid being scammed is to protect your privacy.

“All that kind of information, your address, your phone number, your date of birth or your bank account number, your credit card number, all of this is sensitive information that scammers are trying to get hold of, with COVID testing they are trying to do this with fake websites,” Gleba said.

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