SCAM ALERT: Erie County Comptroller warns about sale of fraudulent coronavirus test kits

Posted at 9:31 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 09:31:02-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is warning you about scammers selling fraudulent home coronavirus test kits.

The comptroller says scam artists are preying on coronavirus fears by making fake test kits for sale, targeting the elderly.

“It’s horrendous what scam artists will do and how far they will go to prey on vulnerable people. Buyer beware, especially of people trying to sell a home coronavirus test kit. People need to be warned of these scams so that they don’t fall victim," said Comptroller Mychajliw. "There are no approved testing kits available for public purchase. Anyone that tries to sell you one is trying to rip you off."

Mychajliw stressed that there are no legitimate coronavirus test kits the public can purchase.