The Omicron variant has led to a major resurgence of COVID-19 cases nationwide, and with more people rushing to get tested, fraudulent testing sites are popping up everywhere, experts warn. Here’s how to spot the scammers.

Most recently, the Better Business Bureau warned that these fake websites and pop-up testing sites would collect your personal information, your driver’s license, and even photograph your medical insurance cards. They also give you a swab and promise test results will arrive within a short time. But unfortunately, the test is a fake, and the results never arrive, and it was all just an excuse to get your information, the BBB reports.

Be warned, some of these sites go to great lengths to pose as a medical service. Some have a big digital presence as well to conduct their criminal activities. These fake sites also pop up on social media, texts, and emails urging people to request free tests by clicking on the link.

In some instances, they also collecting personal information, such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth. They also steal health insurance or Medicare information used in future schemes. In some cases, they may charge you for the test; that’s a big red flag that they aren’t who they say they are.

Unlike the real website, the website may ask for personal information including, your Social Security number or Medicare ID. BBB says the website might also ask for credit card information, saying people need to pay for shipping. However, the actual page,, will not ask for any form of payment or a Social Security Number.

Likewise, as demand for COVID-19 test kits remains high, federal and state officials are warning people to be wary of scammers also selling fake COVID-19 test kits. The BBB warns that scammers are selling unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, which can give inaccurate results. They are also collecting personal information, such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth. They may also be stealing health insurance or Medicare information used in future schemes. A major way to protect yourself from these sophisticated fraudsters is to use a service that protects your identity 24/7, and you can take these steps to protect your identity and finances from theft.

Robocalls are sent out to consumers directing them to a website that looks like a clinic or medical supply company offering COVID-19 tests. These tests allegedly identify if a person has been infected with coronavirus – even if they’ve recovered. Some even promise results in 10 minutes. However, to receive a test, a credit card or a form needs to be completed with personal information.

In some cases, the test involves an easy at-home testing kit. Other times, the tests are allegedly offered through a clinic. But in all versions, the person or website selling the test is short on details.

What can you do to avoid being scammed? First and foremost, ask questions. Are they willing or able to provide any information about how the test works, where it is sourced, and what laboratory processes it? Ask about the site’s Medical Director and ask to see that individual’s credentials to run a COVID-19 testing site.

When it comes to signing up online, be cautious about pop-up testing sites that ask for personal information, such as a Social Security number, which is not necessary for testing or billing.

If you are signing up online, look closely at the domain name – Scammers may misspell the domain name to make it seem like it’s the real website. You should also be on the lookout for tricky subdomains – scammers may use a subdomain name to hope people won’t notice the real domain name.

Again, being asked to pay for the test out-of-pocket is another red flag. Be cautious if a site requests cash or credit card payments for a test. Most testing locations will instead bill insurance companies or, if individuals are uninsured, seek reimbursement from a federal fund.

The bottom line is that you should never share your personal information with strangers. Only make purchases and share your personal information with people and companies you know and trust. Be wary of anyone approaching you in line; ask for credentials if necessary. If you suspect your personal information has been compromised, report it to