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Unauthorized COVID-19 tests are popping up online. How to avoid getting scammed

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Unauthorized testing kits are popping up online as scammers try to take advantage of the demand for COVID-19 testing.

Here’s what the Federal Trade Commission suggests to avoid falling for a scam:

  • Only buy tests authorized by the FDA — you can find a list of those on the FDA’s website

  • Check the FDA’s list of fraudulent COVID products to ensure the test you’re about to buy isn’t on there

  • Look at a variety of sellers and compare reviews from expert sources

  • If you do buy a testing kit online — use a credit card so you can dispute the charge if it’s a scam

You can click here for a full list of FDA verified testing companies.

The U.S. Secret Service is also focused on fighting COVID-19 related scams.

Special agent Roy Dotson is the head of Secret Service’s Jacksonville field office. He stresses the importance of staying vigilant.

“It comes down to us being able to identify different mediums that they can…

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