The F.B.I. has issued a warning against fraudsters promoting fraudulent Covid-19 antibody tests to obtain personal information that can be used for identity theft or health insurance fraud.
The warning released on Friday is the latest in a series of warnings from the federal government about the fraudulent exploitation of the coronavirus pandemic.
Are cheaters Promotion of fake or unapproved tests – that could deliver incorrect results – online, via social media or email, or in person or by phone to F.B.I. said. You could argue that the tests have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, promote free Covid-19 antibody tests, or offer incentives for testing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recommends that those wishing to take an antibody test to determine whether a person has received Covid-19 should consult a list of tests and test companies approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These tests were evaluated in a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s Cancer Institute or another F.D.A. designated government agency.
People should also consult with their GP before doing a Covid-19 antibody test at home, which F.B.I. says. It also warned against disclosing personal or health information to people who are not “well-known and trustworthy medical professionals”, as well as checking medical bills for suspicious claims and reporting these claims to health insurers.
Methods used by fraudulent marketers to get important personal information include calling people and telling them that they are working with the government or that government officials are asking them to do a Covid-19 antibody test. Sometimes they also offer to do the cash test.
The goal is to find personal information such as a person’s name, date of birth, social security number, Medicare and health insurance information. This can later be used for identity theft or health insurance fraud.
The fraudulent tests, the authorities said, are just another way for fraudsters to take advantage of people Fear and insecurity from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Trade Commission warned of this last Wednesday Fraudsters pretending Be a contact tracer. In early June, the Internal Revenue Service warned people of fraud government incentives Corona virus payments.