The FBI said this month that scammers promote false or unproven antibody tests and sell them to people to steal Social Security numbers or health insurance information.
Antibody tests are used to determine if someone has been infected with Covid-19 in the past and has since developed antibodies, which protect the body from re-infection with Covid-19.
Other warnings include targeted ads on social media, email, or unsolicited phone calls: If you are offered a test without expressing interest through your doctor, say no, the FBI said.
And if you’ve received individual calls, text messages, or emails from unknown people telling you that the government requires an antibody test, that’s also not true. Antibody tests are voluntary.
Before accepting any antibody tests, the FBI recommends that you speak to your doctor, who must be familiar with tests approved by the FDA and deemed accurate. The FBI also suggests using well-known labs approved by your health insurance and never sharing personal information with anyone other than your healthcare provider.