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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón recently released two public service announcements warning people to beware of scams based on the increased demand for COVID-19 testing.
“The best way to protect consumers is with knowledge. My goal is to give consumers the information they need to avoid becoming victims,” Gascón said. “These crimes are particularly egregious because fake COVID-19 tests and testing sites put everyone’s health at risk.”
Authorities warned that fake and unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test kits are being sold online and the kits can produce false results. Gascón encouraged people to visit fda.gov for a list of approved test kits, and advised that people purchase test kits with a credit card so fraudulent charges can be disputed. The district attorney also warned residents about fake COVID-19 testing sites, which may look authentic. Often times, criminals set up fake testing sites to steal personal identifying information or money from consumers. Additionally, members of the public are advised to never give social security or passport numbers to get a COVID-19 test, as they are not required.
For information, visit da.lacounty.gov.
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