A new chapter is added to the already long list of actions that the forces of law and order national and supranational are doing to try to eliminate in the bud scams and speculations related to the pandemic. In Italy is once again the Guarantor of Competition and the Market to intervene against a site that was selling products of dubious effectiveness. After the drug passed off as the care of the COVID-19, it is the turn of the test for the diagnosis of the disease.
The product was marketed through the website http://testcoronavirus.shop/it he had a name – “Rapid Test COVID-19” – which left already understand that there is a timely response to know if it was or was not infected with the virus, and was proposed at the price of 24,86 eur. The site described him as suitable to be used at home, even by people not expert of diagnostic tests. The AGCM decided to open a formal investigation, and in the meantime the site has been obscured. Conduct considered very serious crisis in their health.
To explain the reasons for the intervention were the mode of sale deemed misleading and aggressive. In particular, the information relating to the alleged ability to diagnose the disease, the intended use and the experimental character of the test were ambiguous, confusing or obscure. The approach used to promote the product, furthermore, was likely to alter the capacity rating of the consumer, taking advantage of the social alarm generated by the spread of the virus.
It is not surprising that sites such as the one mentioned want to speculate on a theme now very much felt by the public opinion, that of swabs for detection of Sars-Cov-2: at the present time, however, should be made only in accordance with the guidelines of the WHO and the ISS, on the part of competent medical care. It is not excluded that testcoronavirus.shop/it remains an isolated case, but the attention of the Italian and european authorities is very high.
Europe has recently called for the collaboration of social platforms, vendors, and end users to combat the phenomenon of the online scams related to COVID-19. Even consumers can do their part by reporting suspected cases to the competent authorities, and following some rules to avoid being the victims of unscrupulous sellers.
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