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How to Avoid Buying a Fake COVID Test

Updated: May 15

by Dr. Jen Caudle

As home covid tests become more necessary, many scammers have taken to marketing fake covid tests. This has become such a problem that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a warning about this.


Here are tips the FTC recommends to help you avoid buying fake covid tests.


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 below before purchasing to make sure your test is approved:


2) Check out a seller before you buy. 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.


4) Pay by credit card. If you’re charged for an order you never got, or for a product that's not as advertised, contact your credit card company and dispute the charge.



Home COVID Tests


As a reminder, the US Government is providing free covid tests to households who request them. You can request your free covid tests here. Here is an on-line tutorial for requesting these tests.


If you are purchasing your home covid tests online or at stores, please use this reference to find approved home tests, as not all home tests are legitimate.


For instructions on how to use home covid tests, please watch here:


I hope this is helpful, please feel free to email me at info@jennifercaudle.com to let me know.

Dr. Jen


Dr. Jen Caudle is a Family Doctor & Associate Professor at Rowan University, an On-air health expert, and a video creator. Please sign up for her free newsletter and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for daily health videos.




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