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Amid the COVID-19 Crisis, the Trade in Fraudulent 'Personal Protective Equipment' Is Spotlighted in a Campaign from Philip Morris International (English-Language)


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(OPEN):
A LOT OF THE "PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT" THAT'S BEING SOLD DURING THE PANDEMIC IS FRAUDULENT.  AND, PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BE GETTING WHAT THEY WERE PROMISED.  IN FACT, THERE'VE ALREADY BEEN OVER 16-HUNDRED SEIZURES OF SUCH ITEMS--THROUGHOUT THE U-S--TOTALING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.  THAT'S WHY "PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL" AND OTHER PRIVATE-SECTOR PARTNERS HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTING WAYS TO COMBAT THE TRADE IN THESE GOODS.  THE COMPANY'S KRISTIN REIF [LIKE "REEF"] EXPLAINS...

(REIF):
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CRIMINALS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PANDEMIC, TO FLOOD THE MARKET WITH COUNTERFEIT GOODS.  THE 'DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY' WARNS THAT THESE FAKES ARE INFERIOR--AND AREN'T AS EFFECTIVE AS PROPERLY PRODUCED ITEMS.  FROM MASKS AND GLOVES, TO TESTING-KITS AND MEDICINES, CONSUMERS ARE BEING DUPED--AND CRIMINALS ARE GETTING RICH.  GOVERNMENT-AGENCIES ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO INTERCEPT THESE PRODUCTS AND EQUIPMENT--BUT MANY ARE STILL BEING ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTED.  THAT'S WHY WE'RE SO THANKFUL TO HAVE BEEN JOINED BY SO MANY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHO ARE ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR WITH THE ILLICIT TRADE."

(CLOSE):
REIF ADDS THAT THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THESE FRAUDULENT ITEMS IS ON THE "D-H-S"-WEBSITE--AT "D-H-S"-DOT-GOV.

For this report in Spanish, click here.



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