Posted by on January 14, 2022 2:09 am
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LA Officials Crack Down on Fake COVID-19 Tests, Price Gouging

As demand for COVID-19 tests soars with the spread of the Omicron variant, Los Angeles officials are cracking down on fraudulent COVID-19 tests and price gouging for the tests. COVID-related schemes on the rise include exchanging fake or unauthorized at-home tests in exchange for personal or medical information; other scammers often engaged in price gouging tests, which means they would sell each test at a price that was unreasonably higher than it cost the seller to buy or produce. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an alert about scammers offering “COVID-19 tests, HHS grants, and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information.” Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Dec. 30 (pdf) banning retailers from raising the price of at-home testing kits by more than 10 percent of the kit’s regular retail price; they also cannot charge a price that …

Originally appeared on The Epoch Times

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