The plan from Bercy to track down the scams to masks - The Point

The mask, a commodity now rare in this period of epidemic... and scams are flourishing. Then, the ministry of Economy has set up a cell within Bercy to identify

The plan from Bercy to track down the scams to masks - The Point

The mask, a commodity now rare in this period of epidemic... and scams are flourishing. Then, the ministry of Economy has set up a cell within Bercy to identify and combat them, we read in The new yorker. It includes a thirty agents from the Direction générale des finances publiques (DGFIP), customs and Tracfin (Treatment of intelligence and action against the financial circuits underground).

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one of The leaders of this cell anti-scams masks, and says everyday that she is capable of 24 or 48 hours to be able to check " if a supplier is serious, if he has a storefront, if it has [or has had] a legal dispute with customs ". The structure so helps the various public purchasers such as hospitals or local authorities. Private clinics or businesses) may contact the Directorate-general for enterprise.

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350 cases treated

Since its establishment, the unit has treated more than 350 cases and approximately 25 requests for information coming in every day. For the moment, 40 % of the requests for tracks will also be negative. "The attempts [of scams out there, ED.] to explode, whether it is the scams that are sophisticated or schemes where the amateurish, bordering on naivety," says the Parisian ministry of Economy and Finance. The cell tracks also the trade flows of the companies as suspected, the recent tax returns. Some do not hesitate for their scams to impersonate other people.

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In his speech Tuesday, 28 April, Prime minister Édouard Philippe stated that France receives " more than 100 million surgical masks, 20 million masks in fabric."

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Updated Date: 21 May 2020, 15:33

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