FBI warns consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 antibody tests

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The FBI is cautioning consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 antibody tests.

Scammers are marketing the fake or unapproved tests to capitalize on public fears, make a quick buck or even just collect sensitive personal data such as Social Security numbers and Medicare information, the FBI said in the new warning.

Federal officials are urging people to be wary of “claims of FDA approval” that can’t be verified and testing offers that come in the form of unsolicited telephone calls, social media ads or emails.

Consumers should check the fda.gov website for an updated list of approved antibody tests and testing companies before agreeing to undergo serology screening, officials said.

People also should check with a primary care physician before undergoing such tests and only share personal or health information with known and trusted medical professionals, they said.

If you believe you have been the victim of a COVID-19 fraud, you can report it to National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or justice.gov/disastercomplaintform.

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