Monday, December 21, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is warning Baltimoreans of illegal, unlicensed pop-up COVID-19 testing sites.
The attorney general said Monday that individuals are setting up tables at random locations, including outside shopping centers and retail stores, and offering free testing. However, the stations are not authorized and their operators are not following federal guidelines for collecting, handling and testing specimens.
The state’s 240 approved testing sites are listed online.
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“Consumers in need of a COVID-19 test should have it performed at an approved testing site,” Frosh said in a statement. “Providing personal information, such as Social Security numbers, to individuals hosting one of these pop-up sites not only puts your health at risk but increases your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.”
Anyone who took a test at one of the illegal pop-up sites should get another test from a legitimate clinic and seek medical attention if they are symptomatic.
Frosh warned the pop-up sites could be a scene for identity thieves to harvest sensitive personal information. Besides Social Security numbers, his office has learned the pop-up testing sites are soliciting driver’s license information, dates of birth and health insurance information.
Anyone with questions or concerns about identity theft may call the attorney general’s Identity Theft Unit at 410-576-6491. To report health scams, call the attorney general’s Health Education and Advocacy Unit at 410-528-1840.