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March 3, 2022: District Attorney Gascón Warns Consumers About COVID-19 Scams

Tatevik Tigranyan
(213) 257-2000

En Español

District Attorney George Gascón released two public service announcements today warning people to beware of scams based on the increased demand for COVID-19 testing.

“The best way to protect consumers is with knowledge. My goal is to give consumers the information they need to avoid becoming victims,” said District Attorney Gascón. “These crimes are particularly egregious because fake COVID-19 tests and testing sites put everyone’s health at risk.”

District Attorney Gascón warned that fake and unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test kits are being sold online. These kits produce false results that may have adverse consequences for not just the people who use them but also for their family members, friends and communities.

He suggested taking the following steps to avoid becoming a victim of this crime:

• Visit for a list of approved test kits.

• Buy test kits with a credit card so you may dispute a fraudulent charge.

• Do a web search on the company selling the kit using words such as “scam.”

District Attorney Gascón also warned residents about fake COVID-19 testing sites, which may look very real. They are set up to steal personal identifying information or money from consumers without ever providing test results.

For consumer safety, he advised:

• Never give your Social Security or passport number to get a COVID-19 test. It’s not required.

• Use testing sites listed on a health department website or get a referral from a trusted source.

Watch Fraud Alert about Fake COVID19 Test Kits

Watch Fraud Alert about Fake COVID19 Test Sites