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Fake COVID-19 testing sites cropping up in Baltimore, Maryland AG warns

Officials are warning of fake COVID-19 testing sites boasting free results in Baltimore City that could have their eyes on identity theft, the Maryland attorney general’s office said in a news release Monday.

“Providing personal information, such as Social Security Numbers, to individuals hosting one of these pop-up sites not only puts your health at risk, but increases your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft,” Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement.

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The illegal, unlicensed “Free COVID-19 Testing” tables “are not following CDC guidelines for collecting, handling, and testing clinical specimens from persons for COVID-19, and they could be placing consumers at risk,” Monday’s news release said.

The attorney general’s office said they were aware of two locations: one outside a Dollar Store on East Monument Street, and another in the Westside Shopping Center on Frederick Avenue.

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The sites are also taking consumers’ social security numbers, driver’s license information, dates of birth, health insurance information, and DNA — all boons to identity thieves.

Anyone who received a test at one of the unlicensed pop-up sites should get a new one at an approved state testing center listed at covidtest.maryland.gov, the news release said.

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