NEW YORK, NY — Vitamin C injections, music therapy and electromagnetic shields won’t protect people from the new coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped hucksters from trying to hawk them as treatments and cures for the deadly disease without fear of punishment.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to increase punishments for scammers trying to profit off the coronavirus from warning letters to heavy fines, the longtime lawmaker said in a statement. The Federal Trade Commission has been sending dozens of warnings since March to little effect, Schumer said.
“A waterfall of warnings by the FTC against companies peddling bogus and potentially dangerous claims to treat or cure the coronavirus look like they’re barely having a ripple effect in the marketplace,” Schumer said in a statement. “And the drip-drip-drip of outrageous claims might only get worse if the feds don’t take the kid-gloves off and punch back against