Why Illinois Residents Should Think Twice Before Ordering Free COVID Tests
It's not that there's anything wrong with the free COVID-19 tests being offered up by Uncle Sam for the low, low price of...well, free. The problem lies with how you order those tests.
So, if there's nothing wrong with the tests, why should you think twice about ordering them?
Less Than 24 Hours After The Government Announced The Availability Of Free COVID-19 Test Kits, Suspicious Things Started To Happen
It probably took half a day, but right after the government launched an official website for Americans to request free rapid coronavirus tests, websites with suspiciously similar URLs (website addresses) are trying to lure people into purchasing pricey tests.
Just so you'll have it, here's the real, legitimate website to visit when and if you want up to four free COVID-19 testing kits:
A link on that page takes visitors to https://special.usps.com/testkits
Scammers Have Created A Slew Of Fake Websites, Hoping To Fool You Into Paying For Something That's Supposed To Be Free
The thing about the fake websites is that their URLs, or web addresses, have been set up to look a lot like the official government site.
Mashable.com says that these lookalike sites have already taken some unwary visitors:
Despite the similarity, sites like covidtestsgov.com are not official government sites — and in fact links out to expensive rapid tests for sale. And we do mean expensive. Clicking through covidtestsgov.com's "At Home COVID Test Kits" option will bring a would-be visitor to another site where rapid tests are listed for $39.97 per two pack.