"We are concerned with scams including things like testing and testing kits, vaccinations and treatments, charities contributions, investments and impersonations," said John Casale, FBI Assistant Special Agent.
Besides to the urge to protect themselves and others from the virus, there is a high demand in the population to obtain clarification if eventual symptoms are caused by the novel coronavirus. The easiest way to find out seems to be to use a home tests kit that can quickly and easily be purchased online. As the level of suffering is high people show a high price acceptance. This offers fraudsters the possibility to sell their products at even higher prices.
As most of the consumers are not familiar with this type of products, suppliers and official distribution channels they can easily be tricked.