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Monday, May 16, 2022

MCSO warning residents about COVID-19 testing scams

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be on the lookout for potential scams involving COVID-19 products and practices.

In a recent Facebook posting, MCSO shared a message from the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County which encourages residents to be cautious of the following:

  • Unexpected phone calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies.
  • Offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing on social media sites.
  • Street vendors offering at-home testing kits.
  • Individuals going door-to-door to sell at-home testing kits.
  • Questionable links from unverified sources that offer COVID-19 testing options.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seen unauthorized fraudulent COVID-19 test kits that are being sold online.

Residents can visit the Florida COVID-19 Response webpage for information on COVID-19 testing and locations, and to verify that a testing location is legitimate.

To report any suspected fraudulent activity or scams, FDHPC encourages residents to use the following resources:

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Marion County COVID-19 webpages.