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Colorado Springs police said they’ve received no reports of robbers pretending to offer coronavirus testing.
Slowly, testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is becoming more widely available in the United States. But that doesn’t mean medical professionals are offering curbside service, nor should you believe this rumor about robbers pretending to in Colorado Springs.
"WARNING," reads a March 17 Facebook post. "People are going door to door in Colorado Springs stating they are COVID testing so they can rob people!!!!"
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We called Lt. Jim Sokolik, a public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, who told us they’re not aware of any such scam.
As of about 6 p.m. on March 18, he said, neither the robbery nor property crime units had investigated any such incident or received any reports about people pretending to offer COVID-19 tests. The department’s dispatch had not fielded any calls along those lines.
Often, residents will call police if people come to their doors selling, say, magazines, Sokolik said — they want to make sure they’re legitimate. But the department hasn’t received even those kinds of reports lately.
While online coronavirus scams abound, we found no news coverage of robbers like the Facebook post describes in Colorado.
We rate this post False.
Facebook post, March 17, 2020
The New York Times, The latest obstacle to getting tested? A shortage of swabs and face masks, March 18, 2020
The Denver Post, Reports of scams, price gouging in Colorado trickle in as coronavirus anxiety builds, March 16, 2020
Interview with Lt. Jim Sokolik, public information officer, Colorado Springs Police Department, March 19, 2020
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