Grand Traverse Agencies on the Lookout for COVID-19 Testing Scam

“It was pretty evident it was a scam.”

The latest scam to hit Northern Michigan appears to be one focused on fake COVID-19 testing. Metro Fire Logo

Now police and fire officials in Grand Traverse County are keeping an eye out for a man who was offering phony Coronavirus testing over the weekend. The man claimed to be working with the fire service, but didn’t specify which agency he represented.

The Metro Fire Chief says the man was set up in the area of U-S 31 and Four Mile Road Sunday, but was gone when investigators arrived.

He was apparently charging people for the testing and offering it as a service to “help out,” but Metro Fire says it’s a scam.

Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker says, “Anything the fire department is going to do is in going to be in conjunction with the Health Department. They’re the experts in testing. Is it important to do testing? Absolutely. But there was one out at the ballpark this weekend, so if you wanted to get tested that was the place to go.”

Pit Spitters Testing Vo 6.transferThe chief says firefighters don’t do Coronavirus tests, and remind you that legitimate testing is announced by the health department, hospitals, clinics, or other official agencies.

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