1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits seized in B.C. after online sale effort

One of the unauthorized COVID-19 test kits seized as a result of the investigation. RCMP handout

Health Canada has seized 1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits from a Richmond resident who was allegedly selling them online.

The seizure followed an investigation by a special COVID-19 fraud team in the RCMP’s Federal and Serious Organized Crime unit, after a tip to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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No charges have been laid so far.

The sale of diagnostic tests that have not been approved by Health Canada is illegal.

“Authorized COVID-19 tests provide accurate and reliable results, whereas unauthorized tests may lead to potential misdiagnosis,” said the RCMP in a media release.

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“Canadians who have purchased unauthorized health products should stop using them immediately and consult a health care professional if they have used any of these products and have health concerns.”

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Anyone who sees the advertisement or sale of unauthorized health products is advised to report it to Health Canada through an online complaint form.

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The RCMP says its COVID-19 Fraud Response Team was formed to deal with a growing number of coronavirus-related scams, which it says can be “infinite and change daily.”

“Always assume any unsolicited contact is a potential scam,” says the RCMP.

“Consult the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre webpage for information on the types of scams out there, how to protect yourself and report them if you become a victim.”

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