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How do you avoid buying a fake COVID-19 home test?

How do you avoid buying a fake COVID-19 home test?

SAN ANTONIO – As COVID-19 testing sites see high demand and home testing kits are challenging to find in stores, federal authorities are warning people to watch out for fake tests appearing online.

Diana Cardoza and her son headed to the Alamo Colleges test site north of downtown. She couldn’t find a home test.

“They’re impossible to find,” she said. “I’m going to HEB, Walgreens. They are gone.”

It’s a frustrating scavenger hunt for people trying to find useful home testing kits.

The Federal Trade Commission warned that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “fake and unauthorized home testing kits are popping up online.”

Sneaky robocallers also try to prey on people desperate for home testing, according to the Better Business Bureau.

“They’re trying to get some sort of buy-in, (like) there’s an indication that your neighborhood may have multiple positive tests, so we encourage you to go to this website,” said Jason Meza, regional director of the BBB .

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The problem is that the site is fraudulent. The scams cost sensitive information and money, but the test never arrives.

Mike Moreno said his job requires him to be tested regularly. He’s looked in stores and online for home testing.

“It’s just hard,” he said. “You have to know if it’s FDA-approved, CDC-approved, and you’re just not sure.”

So how do you know and how can you avoid buying a fake test?

The FDA lists the home testing kits it has authorized for emergency use on its website. They include rapid antigen tests and molecular tests that must be sent to a lab. You will find it here:

Antigen Diagnostic Tests

Molecular Diagnostic Tests

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Next, the FTC suggests looking at the seller or online business by comparing reviews and putting the name of the business and the word “scam” or “complaint” in the search bar.

Finally, the FTC says that if you pay with a credit card, it’s easier to dispute the charge if there’s a problem.

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