Scamicide has often been among the very first to report about new scams, but generally we report on them as they first occur. Today however, we are warning you about a scam that we are confident will be happening, but has not yet been reported. The federal government has just launched its website where you can sign up for free Covid-19 tests. With an average of 777.453 new Covid-19 cases and 1,797 new deaths each day, according to Johns Hopkins University, many of us are concerned about the disease and home testing is a major part of the strategy to combat the disease.
The Biden administration has pledged to initially distribute 500 million free rapid tests to Americans who use the new website or call a telephone hotline that is expected to be set up soon. This is a very positive development for many people who have had difficulty obtaining home tests. The scam will be coming when scammers start setting up phony websites that appear to be that of the official government website. In these phony websites it can be expected that the scammers will ask for personal information, such as your Social Security number which they will use to make you a victim of identity theft.
The official website only asks for your name and mailing address. If you wish you can provide your email address to get updates on the shipment of the test kits, but providing your email address is not required. Here is a link to the sign up page of the real website for ordering free test kits. https://special.usps.com/testkits
You can use the link above if you wish to order your free test kits and be sure that you are ordering from the official website and not that of a scammer. Again, remember that you do not have to provide any other information other than your name and mailing address. Anyone or any website that requests more information for the free test kits now being provided by the federal government is a scammer.
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