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COVID-19 testing schemes resurface, health officials urge consumer to be cautious

Hundreds of people are looking for faster alternatives to getting a COVID-19 test rather than waiting in seemingly endless lines, but health officials have said going the fast lane could have consequences.

The Florida attorney general released a consumer alert on Thursday, warning Floridians of the reappearance of COVID-19 test scams as omicron cases rise.

The report warns that people can exploit the test request to steal personal, financial and / or medical information.

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There are recent reports in Florida and across the country of potential bogus COVID-19 testing sites, healthcare worker imposters at legitimate sites, and home test scams.

Jeremy Lanier, spokesperson for the Osceola County Health Department, said long wait times at county-backed testing sites are worth it to avoid fraudulent activity.

Lanier said the department has received several reports from residents concerned about contextual testing sites nearby.

“Many residents can be encouraged to use a contextual testing site because of its convenience,” he said.

He said some sites have the potential to be fraudulent and it is up to consumers to protect themselves.

“If you go to a contextual testing site, be sure to ask questions like: which lab are you sending the tests to? Is there a customer service contact number? “

If an employee at the site asks you for sensitive information, like your Social Security number, Lanier said it was a red flag.

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Health officials have said people should be wary of fake test kits, especially those sold online.

“Some of the most vulnerable are also the most vulnerable to scams and fraudulent activity and this is not limited to the elderly population, but to the Spanish speaking population and undocumented citizens who may want to take advantage of testing and vaccine opportunities,” did he declare.

Lanier encourages anyone looking for COVID-19 testing to use trusted resources.

Official information is available on the website of your local health department.

If you have any complaints about fraudulent activity related to COVID-19 testing, you can report it to the Florida Attorney General.

You can also report a potential ploy on the Better Business Bureau website.

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