Sentara Healthcare officials are warning the public to be wary of a scam that surfaced this weekend involving in-home testing for coronavirus.
A Virginia Beach resident notified Sentara of a scam involving a someone who claimed to represent Sentara and offered a home visit for coronavirus testing.
The scammer told the resident they may have been exposed to someone with coronavirus (COVID-19). The caller then asked to come to the resident’s home to conduct a test.
“To be clear, this caller has absolutely no association with Sentara,” officials said in a news release. “The resident was correctly suspicious, denied the request and contacted Sentara.”
Sentara said they have reported the matter to police.
“No one from Sentara will call and ask to come to your home to conduct a coronavirus test,” Sentara officials said. “If someone tries this tactic, deny the request and hang up. We are heartsick that in the midst of a national health crisis, scammers would use our name to prey on worried people.”
Here’s the website for Sentara’s COVID-19 testing.
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