LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Masks are now part of most people's daily outfits in 2020 but if you're looking to buy one online, watch out! Fake companies are selling fake personal protective equipment with steep discounts.
Scripps reporter Mallory Sofastaii has the details on day one of our 12 Scams of the Holidays.
This item doesn't typically make holiday wishlists, but this year is different. Masks and personal protective equipment are in high demand.
Scammers know this is something people want, and need, so they do what they can to trick you into buying from them.
It's not just businesses and consumers sending money to the wrong people; the FBI has received reports from state governments attempting to procure ventilators or PPE and wired money to fraudulent sellers.
By the time they realized it, the money had been transferred outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement and was unrecoverable.
Buy from sellers you know and trust.
Be sure the online store has working contact information and evaluate claims of any medical product before buying.
A little research can you help avoid losing money.