The Coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout much of the country and many parts of the world.  With no vaccine presently in sight, much attention has been focused on antibody tests for the Coronavirus.  A proper antibody test can determine if you have developed antibodies against the Coronavirus.  Antibodies are typically a sign that you have previously been infected with the virus.  While many people assume that the presence of antibodies to the Coronavirus means that you are protected from future infections by the Coronavirus, researchers are still studying whether or not this is true in regard to the Coronavirus and, if so, for how long such immunity would last.

Legitimate antibody tests are available, but it is no surprise that scammers are jumping on the bandwagon and trying to sell you bogus tests that not only are worthless, but in the process of selling you these phony tests, the scammers are often asking for information that can later be used by the scammers to make you a victim of identity theft.  The FBI recently issued a warning about these scams.

Scammers often claim that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the test being offered to you.  Here is a link to the website of the FDA which lists the actual tests that are authorized by the FDA. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-emergency-use-authorizations-medical-devices/vitro-diagnostics-euas

Scammers are adept at marketing bogus antibody tests through social media, email and telephone calls.  You should immediately be skeptical of any antibody test being offered through these means.  You also should be wary of anyone who contacts you offering a free Coronavirus antibody test or even offers to compensate you for taking such a test as these promises generally are made by scammers interested in gathering information from you to use to make you a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

Before taking or purchasing any kind of Coronavirus antibody test, you should first confirm that the test is approved by the FDA and consult with your primary care physician about taking such a test.  You also should make sure that the laboratory doing the test is one approved by your health insurance company and to confirm that they will cover the cost of such a test.

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