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DEFENDERS: FTC sends warning to hundreds of businesses about fake COVID-19 cures

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Federal Trade Commission is issuing warnings to companies and individuals to stop selling fraudulent products claiming cures or treatments for COVID-19.

In the past week, the FTC sent 20 warning letters to companies that claim their products can prevent, treat or cure COVID-19.

Some of the items called into question include Vitamin C infusions, ozone therapy and supplements coined as "treatments." Other claims include nasal sprays, skin-care products or acupuncture to prevent or treat COVID-19.

So far, the FTC said it has sent out nearly 300 letters to companies and individuals. The commission claims there is no scientific evidence that these, or any, products or services can prevent or treat the disease.

The FTC says the letters require the sellers to notify the FTC within 48 hours of the specific actions they have taken to address the agency's concerns. If they don't respond, the FTC will follow up.

For a full list of companies the FTC is calling into question, click here.

ABC 17 News Investigates / Coronavirus / Missouri / News / Scam Alert / Top Stories

Deborah Kendrick

Deborah is a weekday morning anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News.

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