Scam websites falsely claim to have Clorox and Lysol for sale, FTC says

Consumers scouring the internet for hard-to-find Clorox and Lysol cleaning products during the corona pandemic should be wary of betting scammed, federal regulators warn.

At least 25 websites have allegedly been selling the products without actually delivering them to buyers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The sites are designed to look like genuine sellers of Clorox and Lysol disinfecting wipes and other products.

Operators of the sites use internet search engines, social media and pop-up advertisements to lure consumers eager to get their hands on brand-name sanitizing products. COVID-19, which has killed more than 235,000 Americans and which is continuing to race across the U.S., has driven up demand for Clorox, Lysol and other disinfecting agents, causing shortages.

“The FTC is working hard to stop fraudsters who try to scam people with false promises of scarce cleaning supplies during the pandemic,” Andrew Smith, the agency’s director of consumer

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