U.S. states warn of personal information theft by fake COVID-19 testing sites

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18th February 2022 – (Singapore) Several state governments in the United States have warned the public about many fake new coronavirus testing stations suspected of stealing personal data, Singapore’s Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported recently.

In the past few weeks, attorneys general in New Mexico, New York State, Massachusetts, Oregon, Florida, Minnesota, California, Illinois, Colorado and Washington, D.C. have reportedly shut down or filed lawsuits against some faulty coronavirus testing sites suspected of fraud and theft of personal data, such as their credit card and driver’s license information.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul stated in January that the fake testing sites are not licensed or regulated by government agencies and urged the public to research the authenticity of any testing facility.

These sites have sprung up amid the rampant spread of the Omicron variant and rising public demand for testing services.

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