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(Lifehacker)   Fake covid testing sites are real and will take your cash and identity. And possibly satisfy some rather peculiar swab fetishes   (twocents.lifehacker.com) divider line
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1043 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Dec 2020 at 4:22 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-12-02 1:58:11 PM  
I was worried about this months ago. A "Free Covid Testing" sign, a tent in a parking lot, swabs and a clipboard with a form where an individual fills in all their personal info, adds a signature, and likely shows (and has recorded) their ID--that's a recipe for deep-dish identity theft.
 
2020-12-02 4:24:24 PM  
You telling me the anal swab is fake?
It sure felt real to me.
All 6 times.
 
2020-12-02 4:28:46 PM  
Privatizing health care is stupid and always, always, fails to deliver services. Which sounds extreme, but here is a case where fraud is running rampant because privatization farks up standard signs of professional legitimacy that people can interpret. What's also sickening is that Americans are happy to commit this fraud and kill each other for such small sums of money and such inefficient identity theft.
 
2020-12-02 4:29:48 PM  
I'm still keeping my parking lot recreational gynecology practice open.
 
2020-12-02 4:30:15 PM  
Its off middle school property, ok? So the law cant touch me as long as im covered in latex.
 
2020-12-02 4:34:16 PM  

Pinner: I'm still keeping my parking lot recreational gynecology practice open.


Well obviously.
 
2020-12-02 4:34:39 PM  
I'm sticking with my Mammogram testing
 
2020-12-02 4:35:50 PM  
The article links to a story from the AARP's magazine, which quotes a "retired police officer" who totally saw through a scam and told the crowd of people that it was a scam and the scammers left and no one was arrested but everyone clapped, and also he got a perfect score bowling.

The AARP's magazine also brings you fun stories like "Hackers may have hacked your toaster and is your bread listening to you now?" and "Bitcoin is a wise investment for Boomers", so I'd take these reports with a huge grain of salt. I think the bigger issue is the AARP telling seniors to avoid testing sites in parking lots since, y'know, that's where many of the legitimate sites are.
 
2020-12-02 4:37:11 PM  

Pinner: I'm still keeping my parking lot recreational gynecology practice open.


court record:
when i pulled into the parking lot, i knew something was a little off, something smelled fishy but i couldn't put my finger on it. i got the exam and a few days later developed a UTI.
 
2020-12-02 4:39:21 PM  

Isitoveryet: Pinner: I'm still keeping my parking lot recreational gynecology practice open.

court record:
when i pulled into the parking lot, i knew something was a little off, something smelled fishy but i couldn't put my finger on it. i got the exam and a few days later developed a UTI.


I was walking to work through Boston's Downtown Crossing a few years back and there was one of those portable lab vehicles from Mass General with a doctor standing out front drinking a cup of coffee, and a sign that said "Free Prostate Exams". I wagged my finger at him and said "not falling for it this time".
 
2020-12-02 4:39:21 PM  
Will also take your clothes, boots, and motorcycle.
 
2020-12-02 4:48:39 PM  

vudukungfu: You telling me the anal swab is fake?
It sure felt real to me.
All 6 times.


It was also the thickest Q-tip I every felt.
 
2020-12-02 4:51:11 PM  

Pinner: I'm still keeping my parking lot recreational gynecology practice open.


I thought you were more professional than that.
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2020-12-02 4:54:33 PM  
That is why I only get tested at the Department of Health.  Lately it has been a health employee assisted by some NM Air National Guard security force people.  The health person does the lobotomies, the security force people get names and confirmation codes from the state online registration system from the drivers.
 
2020-12-02 4:59:40 PM  
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2020-12-02 5:00:38 PM  
So this wouldn't be a story for someone vaccinated?

Nevermind I'll just go ahead and be afraid anyway.
 
2020-12-02 5:22:36 PM  
I think I might have gotten scammed. Wife thought she might have been exposed, so we went to a testing place that had been set up on at a truck stop.
I didn't think the testers would be wearing blue jeans and a Garth Brooks T shirt, but they assured me it was fine.  I really got suspicious when they said they had to test vaginally since they had been doing nose swabs all this time, but they said it was the newest thing.  Now why the tester had to use his penis is beyond me, but as he said "I'm the one that went to that there med-i-cal school, not you."
Anyway he said he didn't have covid and sent us on our way. I haven't seen any unexplained charges, but my has gone back for testing 4 more times now.  I guess you can't be too safe.
 
2020-12-02 7:40:31 PM  

Theaetetus: The article links to a story from the AARP's magazine, which quotes a "retired police officer" who totally saw through a scam and told the crowd of people that it was a scam and the scammers left and no one was arrested but everyone clapped, and also he got a perfect score bowling.

The AARP's magazine also brings you fun stories like "Hackers may have hacked your toaster and is your bread listening to you now?" and "Bitcoin is a wise investment for Boomers", so I'd take these reports with a huge grain of salt. I think the bigger issue is the AARP telling seniors to avoid testing sites in parking lots since, y'know, that's where many of the legitimate sites are.


Oh good grief is this a parody account or what.  Most of us seniors who you obviously don't know are damn well going to be checking into which sites are in our network and what are the wait times.

"Seniors don't read AARP go to Facebook instead"

This story is so thin......
 
2020-12-02 9:54:44 PM  

Slypork: vudukungfu: You telling me the anal swab is fake?
It sure felt real to me.
All 6 times.

It was also the thickest Q-tip I every felt.


Know what?
Tomorrow, I look back.
I just gotta know.
 
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