Covid test kits are in short supply in the U.S. and scammers are taking advantage, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which issued an alert on Tuesday about bogus kits being sold to consumers online.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also warning consumers about a proliferation of fake or unauthorized at-home testing kits, as well as an array of dubious products that promise to treat Covid symptoms, including teas, essential oils and tinctures. You can see a few of them here.
“It’s likely that the products do not do what they claim,” reads a FDA statement. “The ingredients in them could cause adverse effects and could interact and potentially interfere with medications to treat many underlying medical conditions.”
While hundreds of FDA-approved Covid test kits are currently available to consumers, there also hundreds of fakes, too. To avoid confusion, follow these steps before making a purchase:
When buying kits, try to pay using a credit card. That way if you’re charged for an order you never got, or the product is faulty, you can dispute the charge with your credit card company.
If you believe you have been the victim of a Covid fraud, immediately report it to National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline by either calling (866) 720-5721 or by writing a complaint online at justice.gov/disastercomplaintform.
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