FTC wins cases against COVID-19 pandemic scammers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two online sellers promised fast delivery of in-demand face masks, sanitizers, gloves and other personal protective equipment. Instead, they left people waiting weeks, or even months, before sending them out.

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it won two lawsuits against companies that failed to deliver on orders of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the victory, the companies were ordered to stop selling these products and provide refunds to consumers.

The FTC said that QYK Brands and American Screening, LLC, deceived people about the availability of PPE gear. At the time, QYK Brands was doing business as Glowyy and other related companies.

The brands marketed and sold PPE including masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and gowns. American Screening marketed the products in bulk, targeting private buyers, local…

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