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The FDA and health officials are warning you about fake at-home testing kits being sold online

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Most pharmacies in Chico are sold out at home COVID-19 testing kits and scammers are taking advantage of this shortage by selling fake tests online.

CHICO, Calif. – This is a concern for some who have been trying to get access to a testing kit.

"Wow, I didn't know any of that honestly but I wouldn't doubt it,” said Chico resident Ian Paton. Everyone needs one."

Paton was headed into CVS this morning looking for an at-home COVID-19 test.

After struggling to find one for days, he wasn't surprised to hear people are selling fake ones online.

"People are going to do what they got to do to make their money I guess,” said Paton. “It is kind of a shame."

If you go into a store like CVS or Walgreens and buy an at-home rapid COVID-19 test, it is legit. It is when you go online to buy that you have to be careful.

The FDA released a list of what you need to look out for when buying a COVID test online.

For starters, go to the FDA’s list for antigen tests and search the name of the test you're thinking of buying. It will tell you if it's FDA-approved.

The FDA also recommends you research the seller especially if it is a site you don't know.

Compare online reviews from different websites and pay by credit card that way you can see if you were charged for an order that you never received.

Paton, along with others feel frustrated people are taking advantage of others during this pandemic.

"It is people taking advantage of people who need something and they are praying on them and it is out of fear and complete disregard for humanity,” said a Chico resident who did not want to be identified.

The FDA said it is important that everyone look out for fake online test kits as those who use them could unknowingly spread the virus.

At-home COVID-19 tests available at stores in the US include BinaxNOW, quidel quickvue, acon flowflex, ellume and pixel by lapcorp.

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