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Televangelist Bakker, companies warned by FDA, FTC on fraudulent coronavirus claims

March 11, 2020

The FDA and the FTC said they will crack down quickly on people trying to take advantage of consumers concerned about the coronavirus infection outbreak. An “aggressive surveillance program” is monitoring social media, online marketplaces and complaints from consumers, they said.

“There already is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus,” FTC Chairman Joe Simons said in the agencies’ March 9 press release. “What we don’t need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims.”

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