NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is warning citizens about COVID-19 test fraud. A press release issued by the Attorney General’s Office on Friday, January 14 urged residents to be cautious as scammers could take advantage of the increased need for COVID-19 testing to steal personal, financial or medical information.
New Mexicans are warned of reports that certain testing sites are issuing improper “negative” results without actual testing taking place. Attorney General Balderas is asking the community to be aware when requesting a test both at home and at a testing site.
“New Mexicans must remain cautious during these very difficult times,” Attorney General Balderas said in the release. “Citizens should ask questions of staff at a testing site to ensure they are receiving genuine service.”
The Attorney General’s Office warns of the following signs of illegitimate pop-up COVID-19 test pages:
- The site has no visible affiliation with local medical providers or government agencies
- The website does not provide immediate test results
- Workers at the site appear uninformed or confused about the testing process
- Workers at the site are not wearing masks or following current health guidelines
The Attorney General’s Office is encouraging anyone who believes fraud is occurring involving a COVID-19 test to report it to local law enforcement or the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office at 1-844-255-9210 or via email Submit an online complaint.