Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Fireworks Are Bad News for Your LungsScientists Find Source of COVID ClotsNew U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 50,000 as More States Slow Reopening PlansNumbers of Non-COVID-19 Deaths Up During PandemicNo Good Evidence on Accuracy of Coronavirus Antibody Tests: StudyAHA News: COVID-19 Pandemic Brings New Concerns About Excessive DrinkingMuscle Relaxants for Back Pain Are Soaring: Are They Safe?Trauma of Racism Fuels High Blood Pressure Among Black Americans: StudyCOVID-19 Blood Test Might Predict Who Will Need a VentilatorWhat's the Best DIY Face Mask Against COVID-19?Deep Brain Stimulation May Slow Parkinson's, Study FindsU.S. Could See 100,000 New Cases of COVID-19 Each Day, Fauci SaysGlobally, COVID-19 Cases May Stretch Far Beyond Official Numbers: StudyFBI: Beware of Scammers Selling Fake COVID-19 Antibody TestsAHA News: Sadness and Isolation of Pandemic Can Make Coping With Grief HarderVaping-Related Lung Injuries Still Happening -- And May Look Like COVID-19Most With Coronavirus Not Sure How They Caught It: CDCDon't Get Sick While Swimming This SummerAmid Pandemic, Too Many Americans Are Hesitating to Call 911Mask Up! Don't Let Down Your Guard Against COVID-19Wildfire Smoke Causes Rapid Damage to Your Health: StudyCOVID Drug Remdesivir Could Cost Up to $3,120 Per Patient, Maker SaysIntestinal Illness Spurs Recall of Bagged Salads Sold at Walmart, AldiCOVID Threatens the 3 out of 4 Americans Who Can't Work From HomeHispanic Americans Being Hit Hard By COVID-19Global Coronavirus Cases Pass 10 Million as U.S. Struggles With Surge in InfectionsStarted Early, Drug Combo Eases Fatigue of Rheumatoid Arthritis: StudyIs 'Pooled' Coronavirus Testing the Next Step for America?U.S. Coronavirus Task Force Warns of Rising Case Numbers, Especially Among YoungWho's at Highest Risk From COVID-19? CDC Updates Its ListStroke, Confusion: COVID-19 Often Impacts the Brain, Study ShowsPromising Results Mean Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Could Start by AugustWhen Can Sports Fans Safely Fill Stadiums Again?Coronavirus Baby Boom? Survey Says Maybe NotCOVID-19 Typically Mild for Babies: StudyU.S. Reports Record Rise in New Coronavirus CasesAHA News: COVID-19 Highlights Long-Term Inequities in Some CommunitiesHow the Saharan Dust Plume Could Make Your Allergies WorseAmid Pandemic, Fears That Older Americans Are Feeling 'Expendable''The Lockdowns Worked,' Experts Say, But Did America Reopen Too Soon?Vaccine Might Guard Against Bacteria That Cause Diarrhea in KidsOne-Time Treatment Eases Parkinson's -- in MiceIn Early Trial, an Ancient Drug Shows Promise Against Severe COVID-19As Pro Sports Ponder Reopening, Flu Study Suggests Danger of COVID SpreadTransfusions of COVID Survivor Blood a Safe Treatment for PatientsFauci Warns Congress of 'Disturbing' Spikes in Coronavirus CasesHeat Kills More Americans Than Previously ThoughtComing This Way: Huge Saharan Dust Plume Will Affect Americans' HealthCancer Drug Might Help Curb Severe COVID-19More Young Americans Developing Unhealthy Predictors of Heart Disease
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

FBI: Beware of Scammers Selling Fake COVID-19 Antibody Tests

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Jun 30th 2020

new article illustration

TUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Fake or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests are being sold by scammers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warns.

The FBI said fraudsters are also trying to get people's personal information (such as names, birthdates and Social Security numbers) as well as personal health information (including Medicare and/or private health insurance info). This information can be used in insurance schemes and identity theft.

Researchers have been developing tests that can be quickly and easily used to check large numbers of people for COVID-19 antibodies. The FBI warned that not all of these tests have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their effectiveness hasn't been determined.

The FBI said people should be aware of potential signs of fraudulent activity.

These include: claims of FDA approval for antibody testing that can't be verified; ads for antibody testing through social media platforms, email, phone calls, online or from unsolicited/unknown sources; offers of "free" tests or incentives for getting tested; offers to test you in exchange for cash.

Beware, too, if someone contacts you in person, by phone or by email claiming the government or public officials require you to take a COVID-19 antibody test, the FBI said.

To protect yourself, check the FDA's website for a list of approved antibody tests and testing companies; talk with your primary care doctor before undergoing at-home antibody tests; and use a testing laboratory approved by your health insurer.

The FBI says you should share your personal or health information only with known and trusted medical professionals and check medical bills and explanations of benefits from your insurer for any suspicious claims. Promptly report any errors or concerns to your insurer, and follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other trusted professionals.

If you suspect you are the victim of a COVID-19 fraud, report it immediately to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. You can also call the FBI, at 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit its website at fbi.gov.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19 antibody testing.




Facebook

Amazon Smile

 

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  

Please contact HBH at 860-548-0101, option 2.

 


powered by centersite dot net