The F.B.I. has issued a warning about scammers who advertise fraudulent Covid-19 antibody tests as way to obtain personal information that can be used for identity theft or medical insurance fraud.
The warning, issued Friday, is the latest in a series of alerts from the federal government about fraudulent exploitation of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scammers are advertising the fake or unapproved tests — which could provide false results — online, through social media or email, or in person or over the phone, the F.B.I. said. They could claim that the tests were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as well as advertise free Covid-19 antibody tests or provide incentives for testing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recommends that those looking to take an antibody test — which is used to determine whether a person has had the coronavirus — consult a list of tests and testing companies that the Food and Drug Administration has approved. These tests have been evaluated…