Coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.
People have been advised in affected areas to wear protective clothing and cover face with masks. Since this precautionary measurement was announced by WHO and Local governments there has been an unprecedented demand for face masks not only from Chinese population but also international travelers.
It has become common to see people with face masks at airports around the world.
This has also given rise to a new scam where scammers are setting up FAKE websites and face book pages selling face masks.
A lot of these websites are very vague in terms of shipping, contact details and information about the company or products.
Please stay away from such websites or pages.
Not only can these pages be fake but also if you do receive face masks from these websites you cannot be guaranteed of the quality of their products.
One such example is: masks-nz.myshopify.com
This website has very few details about the products and about the company itself. They do not comply with NZ consumer law and do not have any legal requirements or terms and conditions on their website. It appears to be targeting NZ customers. They could send your order for face mask but since there is no contact us page there is no way for us to finding this out. We could not contact them and hence would ENCOURAGE people to stay away from such websites.
Always buy your face masks and medical supplies from genuine supplier or pharmacies. We do not have shortage of these products yet in NZ and it should be easy enough to get it from your local pharmacy.
Please share with friends and family to make them aware of this new scam