The gendarmerie has just announced the closure of 70 illegal sites which promised to supply their customers with chloroquine. This drug, initially planned to fight in particular against malaria, could prove effective against Covid-19, according to the assertions of Professor Didier Raoult.
Pills at 1 euro each
The crooks did not miss this bargain and, as in the heyday of the fraudulent sale of Viagra, put online sale sites for chloroquine. According to the Strasbourg gendarmerie, 70 sites recorded more than 43,000 connections in March, mainly from France and Italy. The 70 sites actually referred to four url hosted abroad, with the key “selling” the cachet of chloroquine at 1 euro. In addition, these sites had hacked into certain legal web pages which immediately sent them back to obtain a high SEO on Google.
The gendarmerie did not specify if the customers received their order. At best, they were not delivered. At worst, they may have received pills that do not contain chloroquine, but another potentially dangerous substance.
In this period of containment and shortage of masks, the European consumer center warns against online sales sites that offer this type of product. Thus, non-compliant masks are offered on the Internet at exorbitant prices. On March 19, 2020 Interpol announced that it had seized more than 34,000 counterfeit masks. Finally, the Fraud Prevention Service (DGCCRF) indicates that the coronavirus scams are increasing with, among other phishing attempts by email or SMS, fraudulent drug sales sites, and even offers of financial investments.
Source : Europe 1