Beware of Bogus Coronavirus Antibody Tests


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As if the deluge of phony COVID-19 cures wasn't bad enough, now scammers are capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic by selling bogus antibody tests.

That's according to the FBI, which says crooks who sell the fake tests are really fishing for people's personal information so they can rip them off. Officials say scammers contact victims by phone and offer to sign them up for a test, taking their social security number and credit card information. By the time the victim realizes the test isn't going to happen, he or she has already been robbed.

Authorities say fraudulent tests are just another way for scammers to capitalize on people’s fear amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This isn't the first time the FBI had to warn people of fraud. In early June, the Internal Revenue Service alerted people about fraud surrounding government stimulus coronavirus payments.

Spotting an antibody test scammer is easy, according to the FBI, because such tests are never offered to random people. A doctor has to file a request on a patient's behalf.

If you're interested in an antibody test, please consulta list of tests and testing companies that the Food and Drug Administration has approved.

For more information, please read here.


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