PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When the CEO of iPromo, a website that sells hand sanitizer, gloves, masks and other PPE, was searching the internet, he found something odd. It was another website using all of his images and wording to sell products.
Leo Friedman says he was shocked. The other website had just come online in the month of April, during the COVID-19 pandemic.READ MORE: Toddler In Critical Condition After Fall From 2nd-Floor Window In Carrick
“I started looking around the web. There are hundreds of these websites preying on people’s need. They never get their product and they get their money taken. It’s really not fun,” says Friedman.
He called the phone number listed on the other website to complain, and Friedman says that site is now down.READ MORE: Cleanup Efforts Underway After Storms Bring Down Trees And Damage Homes
The FBI office in Pittsburgh reports they are seeing an uptick in the number of complaints pertaining to personal protect equipment.
“We have seen an increase in the complaints from healthcare providers, as well as municipalities, in regard to allegations that intermediaries or brokers offering PPE which may be suspect,” says Supervisory Special Agent, Matt Solomon, FBI Pittsburgh.MORE NEWS: Gateway Clipper Launches Pittsburgh Party Boat
To file a complaint with the FBI, you can go to here. To check out a website and see who owns it and how long it’s been around, go to who.is.