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.
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.
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.