COVID-19 Opens Up New Scam Opportunities for Criminals: Learn About Them Here
As Legitscript points out in its new report, The COVID-19 Crisis: An Outbreak of Cybercrime Related to the Pandemic, "crisis breeds opportunists"—and it's certainly true that opportunists have stepped up to take advantage of COVID-19. The report, which was released in April 2020, outlines ways in which drug counterfeiters and other criminals have emerged to exploit fear and illness all over the world for their own profit.
PSM has been tracking the explosion of crime that has sprung up around COVID-19 treatments and products (or the promise of treatments and products) since mid-March, when public reports of fake treatments, counterfeit protective equipment, and price gouging began emerging around the U.S. We are broadly sorting news about these crimes into five categories which you can consult below: counterfeit medical equipment, black market drug sales, fake therapies, price gouging, and financial scams.
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