The FBI Warns You Not to Fall for This Coronavirus-Related Scam

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<p>So far, the dangers of COVID-19 have been best dealt with by <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>following health guidelines</a> to wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, and avoid large indoor gatherings. But a recent rash of scam artists has brought about another set of potential threats unrelated to what the virus can do to your body. Now, the FBI has <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>warned that fraudsters</a> may use fake coronavirus antibody tests to scam citizens by stealing their personal details, including social security numbers and health insurance information.</p>
<p>The public announcement claims that <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>scammers are taking advantage</a> of the current rush in demand for testing across the country, with many “marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results.” The agency warns that many are using collected personal data to run medical insurance and identity theft schemes.</p>
<p>So what’s the easiest way to spot a scam off the bat? The FBI warns that any services that actively offer you a free antibody test or offer any incentives for taking one should immediately raise suspicions. This is especially true if the tests are the result of a telemarketer-style phone call, social media advertisement, or an individual text message or email claiming that testing has become mandatory in your area.</p>
<p>The news comes as antibody tests are spiking in popularity while areas of the country undergo major spikes in coronavirus cases. However, the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>accuracy of testing</a> is still unfortunately under question, with as many as 50 percent of antibody tests yielding false negatives or false positives—even when they’ve been approved by the FDA.</p>
<p>If you’re still feeling unsure about a potential antibody test, the FBI suggests using the FDA’s website to <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>cross-check the approved testing centers</a> and providers in your area. They also suggest consulting your doctor for any questions or recommendations regarding accurate testing options, and to check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits (EOBs) if you feel you may have accidentally fallen prey to a scammer. And for more on getting screened for coronavirus, check out <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Here’s How to Find COVID-19 Testing Options Near You</a>.</p>

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