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Smugglers caught with counterfeit coronavirus tests at Mexican border

In one recent case, agents say a 36-year-old man crossing the border from Mexico was caught with 1,000 counterfeit COVID-19 Rapid Tests.

HOUSTON — Federal agents are warning consumers to beware of criminals trying to cash in on the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seen an increase in counterfeit COVID-19 tests, hand sanitizer, face masks and mask filters crossing the border.

In one recent case, agents say a 36-year-old man crossing the border from Mexico was caught with 1,000 counterfeit COVID-19 Rapid Tests.

The next day, a 62-year-old woman tried to bring in 1,000 non-compliant face masks, 2,740 mask filters and 60 1-liter bottles of hand sanitzer.

“Some appear to be exploiting the pandemic for financial gain, leaving the consumer at risk. These products may result in serious consequences to the consumer, whether that end user is in the United States or another country,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.

Agents warn it’s best to buy products from reputable dealers.

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