It's always worth a snide chuckle when you hear about fake Viagra being intercepted by Customs. Counterfeit medicines however are serious problem in third world countries where health workers may be desperate to get hold of drugs for such things as malaria. Fake stuff that doesn't work or is sub-standard and ineffective serves only to build resistance to the drug. It appears China and India are the main culprits when it comes to the manufacture and export of counterfeit drugs. The illicit trade is estimated to be a global business worth €56 billion a year. Read The Observer's recent article here on the problem of counterfeit medicine.
Check previous posts on fake drugs here.
Monday, 24 December 2020
Thursday, 6 December 2020
Ever wonder what happens if someone answers one of the those emails from west Africa promising a share of cash in return for helping to access some mysteriously frozen bank account? Retired customs man Eoin Breslin from Galway pleaded guilty this week to six counts of forgery and theft after being sucked into a classic 419 scam. He found out the hard way. Once contact was made, fake cheques were sent to Ireland to be lodged and then a portion of the cash wired to another country. Needless to say once the cash was gone it would become apparent the cheques were fake. In this case the travellers' cheques were of good enough standard to fool bank officials. Hard to believe the scam is still working Read Ann Healy's court report here.
Wednesday, 5 December 2020
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