COVID Testing Scams
According to the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, “There are no home test kits for coronavirus. Be wary of the unapproved or fraudulent test kits being marketed on the Internet, in magazines, and elsewhere. Patients who suspect they may have the virus or that they may be infected should consult with a physician on the best way to provide a specimen for testing.”
There are no FDA approved home tests for antibodies. For more information about serological tests for COVID-19, see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s statement
Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs want you to be aware that scammers are everywhere and are taking advantage of fears surrounding coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. They are forging emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions to try to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware. Visit the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affair website for more information about scams and what you can do to avoid them.
Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs also wants you to be aware of profiteers. During an emergency, there are sometimes people who exploit others by increasing prices on much-needed goods. Price gouging is the act of a business or individual raising prices of needed products and services over 10% during a declared emergency and it is illegal. If you believe that you have been a victim of price gouging or you suspect a business is price gouging, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222.