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Never pay or share your credit card info to get free COVID tests. That's a scam

With the reopening of the federal government program to order no-cost COVID-19 tests, there are more options to get free tests this year.  But how do you know what’s legit and what’s a scam? Read on.

To steer clear of scams, know that there are four ways to get FREE at-home tests:

  1. Visit COVID.gov/tests to order four free rapid tests per residential household. Or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to order. The Postal Service will start shipping them during the week of December 19, 2022.

  1. Get free tests through your health insurance plan. Contact your provider to find an in-network pharmacy where you can get up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests per month. They’ll either be free on the spot or you’ll get fully reimbursed once you submit a claim to your insurance plan.

  1. Get free tests through Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries can receive 8 free tests a month at participating pharmacies. Find a partial list of pharmacies participating in the Medicare COVID-19 Over-the-Counter tests initiative.  

  1. Check community testing sites, libraries, food banks, and schools in your area to see if they’re handing out rapid tests.

Remember: At COVID.gov/tests, there are no shipping costs, and no need to give a credit card number or anything but your home address. (You’ll have the option to share your email if you want updates.) And, as you take stock of what tests you have and what you might need, check to see if the expiration dates of your COVID-19 tests have been extended before you throw them out.

Learn more about the latest COVID-related scam at ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams. And, as ever, if you spot a scam, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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Kenya
January 11, 2023

Yes but the vaccine you can go to
Walgreens Labcorp any drugstore that offers getting Covid 4 vaccine.

NANCY HAMILTON
January 11, 2023

CAN A COMPANY ORDER THE FREE COVID TESTS?

THANK YOU,
NANCY

Juan Carlos Zambrano
January 11, 2023

Thank you very much for all this valuable information. Muchas gracias por toda esta valiosa informacion

Andrew
January 24, 2023

There should be a notice to people that even though they got 4 free tests a year ago, they can't get anymore now.

Dane Filander
January 11, 2023

I mind as well be honest. To offer free Covid tests there has to be a catch to actually be eligible to claim free covid tests as I don't trust the government and there free offer!!!!!!

Frank P
January 11, 2023

Received December tests but they expire (extended expiration date) in mid March 2023, so only good for about 3.5 months from now. Sounds like they are just trying to get rid of old stock.

Imelda sauceda
January 11, 2023

My entire family came out positive for Covid and I ran out of tests. How can we get some more tests. I have my 88 yr old mother I care for and I don’t want to get her sick. Please send me some more tests please

Mary
January 17, 2023

If you had to use the 4 test and have more that need to be tested at your address what is the procedure to get more! Since this only will cover 4 what happens when more is needed!

Michele Higgins
February 01, 2023

🙏 Thank you