Beware of fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites or at-home testing kits

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is advising older adults to be on the lookout for fraudulent COVID-19 testing centers and fake at-home COVID-19 tests.

Scammers are setting up fake COVID-19 test sites to get your personal, financial, and medical information. Scammers also are selling fake and unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test kits an effort to get your information.

To avoid falling prey to fake test sites, research the testing site before you go. The Food and Drug Administration has information at

When it comes to at-home test kits, make sure to purchase FDA-approved COVID-19 test kits from legitimate providers. Each household can get four free tests shipped to them from the federal government by visiting and filling out a short form. Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites.

If you are concerned you may have purchased a fake or unauthorized test kit or visited a fake testing site, contact the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at (888) 515-6565.

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. As always, if you suspect you are the victim of Medicare fraud or abuse, call the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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