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Collected Item: “A Multi-Million Dollar Fake Vaccine Scam”

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A Multi-Million Dollar Fake Vaccine Scam

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Hundreds, an estimated 600, of fake vaccines were shipped to Hong Kong and internationally by a group led by "Kong". These vaccines consisted of nothing but saline solution or mineral water. They were being sold to medical facilities and other places at inflated prices.

Officials in China have made at least 70 arrests in relation to this case with more suspected. It's reported that the group made an estimated profit of 18 million yuan or nearly 3 million U.S. dollars in this scam.


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Vaccine, Fake, Crime, Medical Facilities, China

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