Counterfeiters by nature seek opportunity and strive to service the needs of in- demand products with substandard and often unsafe product offerings.
Items are produced and sold solely for financial gain with little to no thought given to possible health implications for the purchaser.
Surgical masks and other medical supplies have never been in such demand, yet are proving so difficult to acquire in physical storefronts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
This has led to a demand for these products online with fake social media accounts, webshops and malicious ad content being created and directing unsuspecting customers towards financial scams or the purchase of unsafe and counterfeit products.
With counterfeiters seeking to capitalise on public fears and the growing crisis, React urges caution to anyone purchasing items related to COVID-19 online.
Already 31 million counterfeit/sub standard face masks have been seized by Chinese authorities.
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