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Fraudulent Covid Antibody Tests? FBI Warns of Scammers, Identity Theft

  • June 30, 2020

People should also consult with their primary care physician before taking any Covid-19 antibody test at home, the F.B.I. says. It also warned against sharing personal or health information with anyone who is not a “known and trusted medical professional,” as well as checking medical bills for suspicious claims and reporting those claims to health insurance providers.

Among the methods fraudulent marketers use to obtain crucial personal information is calling people and telling them that they’re working with the government or that government officials are requiring them to take a Covid-19 antibody test. They sometimes also offer to perform the test for cash.

The goal is to seek personal data, like a person’s name, date of birth, Social Security number, Medicare and health insurance information. This can later be used for identity theft or medical insurance fraud.

The fraudulent tests, the authorities say, are just another way for scammers to capitalize on people’s fear and uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission warned of scammers pretending to be contact tracers. In early June, the Internal Revenue Service alerted people about fraud surrounding government stimulus coronavirus payments.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/fake-coronavirus-antibody-test.html

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