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Counterfeiting, False Product Claims And The Coronavirus, A Very Real And Growing Concern
Kelly Mattmuller -- SK Worldwide, Ltd. -- Corporate Investigative Strategies Kelly Mattmuller -- SK Worldwide, Ltd. -- Corporate Investigative Strategies
New York , NY
Tuesday, March 03, 2020






March 3, 2020 - New York, New York – SK Worldwide, Ltd., a global brand protection and anti-counterfeiting investigations firm, announced today that they have witnessed a tremendous growth in reporting regarding the availability of counterfeit goods relating to personal protection from the Coronavirus.  The products being reported range from fake face protection masks to fake cure-alls.  As a global pandemic looms, there are those that seek to profit and price gouge.  There are measures that consumers can take to protect themselves.

The counterfeit face mask problem is not just a domestic problem. Kyodo News, a Japanese online news outlet reported in late February that China seized, "over 31 million fake or inferior masks" adding that authorities have, "cracked down on 688 cases involving the production and sale of counterfeit and other inferior protective materials and arrested more than 1,560 suspects". 


Domestically, the New York Post reported that, "Amazon yanked more than 1 million fake and overpriced coronavirus products from its online marketplace in an effort to stop sellers from profiting off fear".


From SK Worldwide's decades of experience in purchasing and identifying counterfeit goods, there are several steps consumers can take to protect themselves.  It should be noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising that uninfected consumers should not purchase face masks and save them for the medical professionals that require them, however the below tips apply to any personal protective items.


·         Take care to purchase name brand products when possible.

·         If purchasing from an online outlet, ensure that the outlet clearly provides working contact information and not just a generic email or contact form.

·         Beware of the current trends of price gouging, particularly online.

·         When choosing a seller to purchase from in an online marketplace, choose sellers with numerous positive reviews and longer histories in the marketplace.

·         Even if a personal protective product is not counterfeit, it may be tied with false and misleading claims. If you are in doubt, verify claims with your medical professional.

·         If the outer packaging on the products you order looks childish, poorly printed, or sloppy in any way, question the product's origin.


About SK Worldwide, Ltd.:

With over 35 years of combined experience, co-founders Susan Peterson and Kelly Mattmuller started SK Worldwide, Ltd. in 2017 to be able to continue to provide their clients with the highest quality corporate investigative services.


Previously, Ms. Peterson worked with globally renowned investigations firm Kessler International for 25 years as Vice President and Ms. Mattmuller worked at Kessler International for over 15 years as Assistant Vice President. After the passing of Kessler International’s President, Michael G. Kessler, they decided to continue working in the field of corporate investigations, inspired by Mr. Kessler’s lifelong commitment to operating in the field with integrity and honesty.

Kelly Mattmuller

SK Worldwide, Ltd.
Global Headquarters:
630 Fifth Avenue
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New York, NY 10111
Phone: 631-743-9992




Kelly Mattmuller
SK Worldwide, Ltd.
New York, NY
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