Surgical masks, vaccines among counterfeit goods on the rise online

Crime syndicates are peddling more fake merchandise like personal protective equipment and vaccines on the online shopping space. PHOTO: PEXELS.COM
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SINGAPORE - On the back of alarming reports that fake Covid-19 vaccines made with chalk, wallboard, and even pesticide are being peddled online, the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) said that a rising number of shoppers here have fallen prey to counterfeit goods being passed off as the real deal on e-commerce platforms.

Case received 33 complaints last year, up from 12 the year before and seven in 2018.

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