Georgia warns of Covid test kit scams

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – As Omicron Covid cases rise there is a rush for at-home test kits and Georgia officials warn that is an opening for scammers.

Attorney General Chris Carr says “We urge all Georgians to be on the lookout for fraudulent COVID-19-related practices, specifically as it pertains to testing.”

“Unfortunately, scam artists seeking to take advantage of the increase in demand will attempt to con hardworking Georgians into paying for fake tests. Do your research to ensure you are visiting a legitimate operation and receiving results from a valid provider.”

Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey adds that bogus test results will only confuse our response to Covid cases.

“Misinformation from unapproved COVID tests could result in people not following isolation and quarantine protocols and lead to further transmission of the virus and serious or life-threatening illness.”

And the biggest warning sign is anyone going door-to-door, approaching you on the street or driving around your area offering testing.

You can always find a valid in-person testing site in Georgia online at https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting.

The Georgia Consumer Protection Division is also getting reports of  overcharging for Covid tests.

You can report price-gouging at consumer.ga.gov.

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