Feds investigating massive counterfeit mask scam

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WASHINGTON – Federal authorities are investigating a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation in which fake 3M masks were sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies.

The foreign-made knockoffs are becoming increasingly difficult to spot and could put health care workers at grave risk for the coronavirus.

A federal official says these masks are giving first responders “a false sense of security.”

Nearly a year into the pandemic, fraud remains a major problem as scammers seek to exploit hospitals and desperate and weary Americans.

These schemes deliver phony products, unlike fraud earlier in the pandemic that focused more on fleecing customers.

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