The Civil Guard investigates a person in La Rioja for misleading advertising related to COVID 19

Advertised on a well-known website the sale of disinfectant devices to prevent coronavirus

He took advantage of the health crisis to attract customers and sell all the devices he had stored for several years at 130 euros each.

To receive citizen information on this type of crime, the Civil Guard has enabled the communication channel:

The Civil Guard has investigated a 60-year-old man, a Spanish national and resident in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, as the alleged perpetrator of a crime of fraud for deceptive advertising.

Since the health alert started by "Covid 19", the Civil Guard has been inspecting numerous web pages to detect cybercriminals and scammers who use the virus as a hook, taking advantage of the insecurity and fear that part of the population has to suffer contagion.

This has allowed detecting in a well-known portal for private sale, the publication of an advertisement with the title “Prevent Covid 19 coronavirus” and explanatory text: “Help to Prevent Covid 19 coronavirus”. "Powerful disinfectant apparatus, by generating ozone, totally cleans the rooms perceiving a slight clean smell, disinfecting all surfaces at once, destroying bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc."

"The laboratory, after its analysis, certified that each device on a surface of 50 square meters, achieves reductions of over 60% in the case of bacteria and 50% in molds and yeasts."

The now investigated allegedly took advantage of the health crisis to attract customers and sell the 21 devices that had been stored for several years at 130 euros each.

Citizen communication channel

The Telematic Crime Group of the Civil Guard has set up a channel to receive information from citizens related to cybercrimes that use the Covid-19 coronavirus as a hook. Through the e-mail, any citizen can inform the Civil Guard of possible crimes through the Internet such as these types of scams, frauds, malicious attacks or disinformation.

The operation has been carried out by agents of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard in La Rioja.

To confirm or expand information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard of La Rioja, telephone 941229900 2007 or 650478299


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