March 29, 2024

According
to the FDA, fake and unauthorized at-home testing
kits are popping up online as scammers take advantage of the spike in demand.

If
you’re shopping online for test kits, below are tips from the Federal Trade
Commission
to avoid getting a fake product:

1.
Make sure the test you’re buying is authorized by the FDA

Check
the FDA’s lists of antigen diagnostic tests and molecular diagnostic tests
before you buy to find the tests authorized for home use. 

2.
Check out the seller

Check
out a seller before you buy, especially if you’re buying from a site you don’t
know. Search online for the website, company, or seller’s name plus words like
“scam,” “complaint,” or “review.”

3.
Compare online reviews from a wide variety of websites

You
can get a good idea about a company, product, or service from reading user
reviews on various retail or shopping comparison sites. Think about the source
of the review. The FTC recommends that consumers ask themselves: Where is this
review coming from? Is it from an expert organization or individual customers?

4.
Pay by credit card

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