January 18, 2022

Tarrant County warns fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites are stealing personal information

Long lines and delayed results annoy people seeking COVID-19 testing.

And now there’s one more thing to worry about: fraudulent sites that steal personal information.

Tarrant County district attorney Sharen Wilson said in a statement Wednesday that fake testing sites have sprung up across the country, with scammers asking for Social Security and credit card numbers, dates of birth and health insurance information.

“Be careful,” Wilson said in a… press release. “Research the facilities before you go and make sure it’s a valid test location.”

The Better Business Bureau also issued a warning, urging test seekers to exercise caution on pop-up sites and when purchasing at-home tests.

“Scarcity often leads to potential scams for a product that doesn’t exist, the compromise of personally identifiable information, or the proliferation of deceptive advertisements,” the Better Business Bureau said in a written statement.

Legitimate sites won’t ask for Social Security or credit card numbers, Tarrant County said.

Anyone caught fraudulently collecting personal information, such as credit card or Social Security numbers, could face several charges, including thousands of dollars in fines and jail time.

If you believe you have been the victim of a test scam, contact the Better Business Bureau at: www.bbb.org/scamtracker.

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