State’s online marketplace for protective gear faces fraud concerns

The Missouri PPE Marketplace, created for the sale of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, has fallen victim to fraud, KCUR reports.

Some say that little oversight has turned the marketplace into the “Wild West,” with scams and price gouging running unchecked.

The site sells items like masks, gloves and face shields, but sometimes the sellers are not legitimate. Some scams involve offering items at prices well below value or requiring upfront payment for goods that are never delivered.

Items sold on the marketplace are not required to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, leading to the sale of faulty equipment.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development, which operates the site, has asked buyers to report sellers or products that are not what they claim to be.

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