Better Business Bureau warns of fake COVID tests


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – The Better Business Bureau is warning people of fake COVID tests and claims of “pop-up” test sites aimed at stealing consumers’ money.

The Heart of Illinois Better Business Bureau has said that as people struggle to find home tests or appointments for testing, scammers are making their mark.

Jessica Tharp, president of the Heart of Illinois BBB, said scammers are selling fake COVID tests online or using the internet to promote a contextual testing site. Tharp said there isn’t actually a test site or accurate test results, the end goal is to get personal information.

Tharp said the BBB is also concerned about robocalls that direct consumers to what appear to be legitimate medical sites, but then trick them into entering their credit card information.

“These scammers are looking for your personal information, they are looking for your credit card number, so if you get a robocall that offers you a product cheaply that you can’t get anywhere else, that’s definitely a signal for you. alarm. ”Tharp said.

She said scammers use times like these to come up with offers “too good to be true” and if that sounds fishy, ​​it most likely is.

“Ever since COVID has become the center of everyone’s life, it has presented the perfect storm for so many scams; ranging from COVID testing to COVID masks and vaccines, all kinds of fraudulent stuff, ”Tharp said.

Tharp said if you get a call it is a scam to contact the BBB.


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