The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended using certain equipment as the world seeks to curb the spread of COVID-19. It has generated an increase in the patronage of the Medical PPE market as equipment such as latex gloves, facemasks, hand sanitizers, aprons, eye protection, and so on are in-demand.
Unfortunately, as the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight COVID-19 is growing, the number of reported PPE scams increases. Fraudsters have seen the upsurge in demand for PPE as a chance to perpetrate scams and defraud unsuspecting buyers.
Bangkok Private Investigators, a leading private investigator firm in Thailand, has warned of this increase in PPE scam urging buyers to be careful when performing transactions for such equipment. Speaking about the rise in PPE scams and efforts in combatting this backdrop, Mr Ian, Spokesperson of Bangkok Private Investigators, had this to say, “The main focus of our agency has been infidelity-related investigations, especially cases which relate to Thai ladies. After the Covid-19 pandemic started, we saw a steep influx of cases which related to the purchasing of medical PPE, such as latex gloves, face masks, and overalls. As the market adapted to the pandemic, so did fraudsters, with new websites setup by fraudsters on an almost daily basis.”
Mr Ian provided insight into how these PPE scams are perpetrated. He said, “The way that most of these frauds work is very simple: The client is asked for a deposit or part payment for goods. After sending money through bank transfer the fraudster will simply disappear, usually after extracting more money for non-existent shipping/customs fees or tax.”
PPE frauds involve a broad range of activities. It could be the selling of counterfeit or faulty testing kits, cleaning products, gloves, surgical gowns, or facial masks by sharing false or misleading statements about the product’s effectiveness. It could also involve making false statements to the government to secure PPE government contracts.
“Most of the PPE related transactions that we check are found to carry a high risk of fraud. Recovering money after fraud has taken place can prove extremely difficult or impossible in most cases, for this reason we always recommend performing due diligence before choosing to part with your money,” Mr Ian added.
With a growing PPE market in Thailand, anyone looking to buy pieces of equipment in the fight against COVID-19 would be on the safe side when the Thailand Private Investigators are consulted and contracted to perform due diligence on the supplier’s identity.
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