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State issues warning of fake at-home COVID-19 tests amid rising demand

State issues warning of fake at-home COVID-19 tests amid rising demand
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(WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessell has issued new warnings about fake COVID-19 tests at home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and a surge in testing demand.

The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have issued warnings about fraudulent tests, and the AG reiterates their warning about products that are counterfeit or never arrive.

“As the pandemic continues to spread in our nation, bad actors are finding new ways to take advantage of our current reality,” Nessel said in a statement. “Currently there is a huge demand for COVID-19 tests at home, so it is important to understand that there will be attempts to capitalize on this demand. The best way to combat criminal attempts to defraud consumers is to educate yourself on the latest scams.”

She said her office is seeing an increase in calls and complaints about home testing concerns. are reviewed.

The FTC offers these tips if you’re shopping online for home COVID-19 test kits and other items.

Remember the following tips from the FTC if you’re shopping online for COVID test kits and related items:

  • Make sure the test you buy is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Check the FDA’s listings of antigen diagnostic tests and molecular diagnostic tests before purchasing to find tests that are authorized for home use. (EUA is an “emergency use authorization.”)
  • Check with the seller before buying, especially if you’re buying from a site you don’t know. Search online for the website, company, or seller name as well as words like “scam,” “complaint,” or “review.”
  • Compare online reviews from a variety of websites. You can get a good idea of ​​a company, product or service by reading user reviews on retail or shopping comparison sites. Think about the source of the review. Ask yourself: Where does this review come from? Is it from an expert organization or individual clients?
  • Payment by credit card. If you were charged for an order you never got, or for a product that wasn’t advertised, contact your credit card company and dispute the fee.

Additional information and resources on the coronavirus:

View a . file Global Corona Virus Tracker Data from Johns Hopkins University.

See full coverage on our website Corona Virus Coverage page.

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