AG Shapiro warns consumers of personal protective equipment scams

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor gives a word of warning as personal protective equipment scams are on the rise.

There might be a shortage on some PPE, but there is no shortage on PPE scams, said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

“We've seen them selling a defective product or a product that is not as advertised,” he said. 

Unusual payment terms, last-minute price changes, or an unexplained source for bulk supply are just some of the things you should be cautious of.

“Scammers are working overtime, stealing personal information from people during this crisis, and to sell them bogus products,” said Shapiro, adding that mostly, these products don’t give you the proper protection.

“And then we've seen other scams where people will take your money and not deliver on a product,” he said. 

He said to avoid both of these scams, you need to make sure you're buying from a reputable store or website, and stay away from unsolicited emails and calls for hard-to-get products such as N95 masks.

“If something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” he advised. 

If you believe you've been a victim of a PPE scam, you can contact his office at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.