Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)— Officials with the Brownsville police department say some producers are labeling masks with fake brand names.
According to a social media post made the department, the fake masks have brands of well known medical supply companies such as 3M, that are sold on fraudulent websites.
The U.S Federal Trade Commission says the websites look real and prey on the high demand for personal protective equipment.
The Federal Trade Commission has received reports where members of the community have paid these online stores for face masks and did not receive the merchandise.
“Criminals will stop at nothing to make a profit and if prices look to low while shopping online, it could be a warning you are shopping on a fraudulent website.” said the post.
Below are some recommendations from the federal government to avoid a scam:
•Check out the company/product by typing its name in a search engine with terms like “review,” ” complaint,” or “scam.”
•Look at the terms of sale.
•Pay by credit card. If a business charged your account to soon and didn’t deliver the merchandise on time, you can dispute the billing error and report it to your credit card company.