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Door-to-door 'coronavirus tester' hoax circles the globe, boosted by local media and police departments

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEMarch 23, 2020, 4:14 PM UTCBy Ben Collins and Olivia SolonHomeowners rest assured: Thieves are not posing as health officials testing for the coronavirus.A particularly viral hoax has spread across local news outlets, police departments and social networks cautioning citizens in various parts of the world to beware of scammers posing as “coronavirus testers,” sometimes in hazmat suits, determined to break into homes.Despite reports from news agenciesand police departmentsfrom the United States to South Africa and the U.K., there does not appear to be any evidence of the viral urban legend occurring in r ...