FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – As more North Texans seek to get tested for COVID-19, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office calls for caution when deciding where to go to get tested.
The DA’s office said it is aware that some sites in the state of Texas are bogus and that the people exploiting them seek to steal your personal information in the process.
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So how do you determine which test sites you can trust and which you can’t trust?
There isn’t a single thing you can ask to make sure a COVID-19 testing site is legitimate, but there are a few red flags that can help you decide whether to stay or go.
“I liked the COVID test near my house but nothing had an appointment so I just had to go there and ask,” Cristal Ramirez of Fort Worth said.
Like many people across town, Ramirez struggled to find a COVID-19 test.
“It was really tough like that,” Ramirez said. “Then the targets and the stuff that sells those at home, they don’t have. “
“We have not yet had any cases presented to us of fake COVID testing sites, but we are aware that this is happening statewide and across the country,” said Lloyd Whelchel, chief of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s White Collar Crimes Unit.
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“The first thing is to check them out before you go, to research whatever you can find, I hope it’s a business,” said Amy Rasor, regional director of the Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth.
She also said you should research reviews and see what others are saying about the company and / or the test site.
Experts also said that you shouldn’t give out your Social Security number or any credit card information.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for the credentials of people on the test site.
Ramirez said she knew she shouldn’t give out personal information, but was worried after seeing questionable places.
“I saw other places besides other places like buildings, with just a table – it seems sketchy to me,” Ramirez said.
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The BBB and Tarrant County Criminal DA’s office said safe than sorry, if you see any red flags, it’s best to just leave and report it to your local authorities.