A Virginia Beach resident notified Sentara this past weekend of a scam involving a caller who claimed to represent Sentara and offered a home visit for coronavirus testing.
The caller claiming to be with Sentara told the resident they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, then asked to come to the resident’s home to conduct a test.
“To be clear, this caller has absolutely no association with Sentara,” according to a release from the health care provider. “The resident was correctly suspicious, denied the request and contacted Sentara. We appreciate the warning and are sharing it with the communities we serve. We have also notified local authorities.”
Sentara stated that no one representing the company will call and ask to come to your house to conduct a coronavirus test. If someone does, deny the request and hang up, the release stated.
“We are heartsick that in the midst of a national health crisis, scammers would use our name to prey on worried people,” the release stated.
Sentara has been conducting drive-thru screenings in Hampton and Norfolk for people who meet certain criteria. For details on the testing, visit www.sentara.com/coronavirus.