BC RCMP seize over 1,500 unauthorized coronavirus test kits in Richmond

Apr 30 2020, 2:50 pm

The BC RCMP’s COVID-19 Fraud Response Team seized over 1,5000 unauthorized kits from a Richmond resident who acquired and sold them without authorization.

In a release, the BC RCMP said it worked in close partnership with Health Canada and acted on a tip received from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre regarding unauthorized COVID-19 test kits being sold online to British Columbians.

“Only diagnostic tests authorized by Health Canada can be imported or sold in Canada. Authorized COVID-19 tests provide accurate and reliable results, whereas unauthorized tests may lead to potential misdiagnosis,” said BC RCMP in a release, adding that Health Canada continues to monitor websites for false and misleading claims.

Canadians who have purchased unauthorized products are instructed to stop using them immediately and reach out to a health care professional if they have any health-related concerns.

BC RCMP said no charges were laid as a result of this seizure.

“Canadians are reminded to be extra careful during the pandemic regarding online frauds and scams,” said Inspector Lav Mangat, Operations Officer for the BC RCMP Financial Integrity Program, in a release.

“We work with many partners, such as Health Canada, to protect British Columbians. We are all in this together. Always assume any unsolicited contact is a potential scam. 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.”