Beware Of Scams When Ordering Free COVID-19 Tests In MA

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BOSTON — Households in Massachusetts can now order up to four free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing kits through a new Biden Administration program - but now the Better Business Bureau is warning residents of lookalike websites trying to take advantage of your personal information.

These scam sites might ask for a payment method or a Social Security number, unlike the federal government website - covidtests.gov.

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The BBB says the scam works because it looks similar to the federal website, maybe even including the United States Postal Service logo like the real website. The fake version may ask for personal information like a Medicare ID or Social Security number, or maybe ask you to pay for shipping.

The real website does not ask for a payment of any sort, including shipping.

Another way fake websites trick people is by using a domain name that is extremely close to the real business's or organization's domain name.

Look closely at the real COVID-19 test request website: listed here special.usps.com/testkits.

The real website only asks for your name and address, you will not be asked for insurance details, your Social Security number, or any other sensitive information.

This article originally appeared on the Across Massachusetts Patch

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