Beware of COVID -19 Scam

April 02, 2020
Beware of COVID-19 Scams

TRICARE is warning beneficiaries that scammers are preying on Coronavirus fears in an attempt to steal Social Security numbers, bank or credit card information. These scammers are seeking to exploit concerns about the availability of tests by offering to ship or sell COVID-19 testing kits.

There are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, medications, or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 at this time. This applies to offers made online, in stores, by electronic message, or over the phone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not authorized any home test kits for COVID-19.

Beneficiaries are warned to beware of any solicitation regarding COVID-19 tests kits or declared cures by anyone other than their PCP. Your PCP will order a COVID-19 test if you meet criteria. The cost of the test is covered in the cost of the primary care visit itself. Active duty family members have no copayment for a primary care visit and retirees pay $20.

Common scams can include cyber scams, telephone and text messaging scams, counterfeit product offers, bogus door-to-door tests and virus-related products, and phony charity donation requests. It is important for everyone to protect their personal information along with their health in these challenging times.