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BBB Warns Of Potentially Fake COVID-19 Testing Sites

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WGVU recently told you about the state attorney general’s warning about potential fake covid-19 test “kits”- today, we talk to the Better Business Bureau about a similar warning involving possible fake testing “sites”.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan is warning people to be on the lookout for fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites. Katie Grevious is the Communications Specialist with the BBB.

“We’ve gotten a couple complaints here that match complaints we’re seeing nationally for these confirmed COVID testing sites that are fraudulent, where scammer are setting up that site, luring people in to take that test. Taking their personal information, like social security numbers, driver’s license number, promising results and never delivering.”

Grevious says the warnings follow an increase in testing requests after the holidays.

“You know you have small window that you need to get tested and there’s nowhere available, so people are looking for the first test available appointment and usually going on to social media and googling a testing site near me and that’s when then testing sites are starting to pop up.”

Grevious says consumers are promised test results that they never receive. She says the BBB has a few tips to avoid this.

“First, go through your doctor, because they’re going to make sure that A, your insurance covers it, so that you don’t have to pay any money. So that’s going to take the money element out of any potential scam and then they are going to make sure you’re set up at a legitimate testing site. If you can’t go through a doctor, check your health department’s website.”

Grevious encourages anyone who may have come across a testing site that may not seem legit to contact them at BBB.org/scamtracker. They are currently working with local law enforcement and the State Attorney General’s office to put a stop to any fake testing sites.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.