Coronavirus: Police bust massive face mask scam

Police across Europe foiled an intricate fake face mask plot that nearly cost German authorities €15 million ($16.4 million), Europol announced on Tuesday.

At least two people have been detained in the case, which involved investigations across Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are facing shortages in protective gear — prompting governments to look outside their normal supply channels to secure the life-saving supplies.

According to Europol, German health authorities sought to purchase nearly €15 million in face masks in mid-March, asking two companies to purchase the supplies.

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Source:  DW