OLX is notified by fake ad
Procon de SC identifies an advertisement, made from Florianópolis, and demands that the company respond jointly for false advertising; scammer charged BRL 5 per dose
FLORIANÓPOLIS - Santa Catarina's Procon notified the online sales site OLX for allowing the placement of a false ad for a vaccine against covid-19. In fact, what the agency found is that it was a scam and that people who eventually bought the product did not receive any vaccine.
In the ad, the seller claims that he brought some doses of Coronavac vaccine and charges R$5 a dose and R$9 for two. Its location is in Florianópolis, which prompted the inspection by the state consumer protection agency.
In the document, the agency asks that OLX, which is jointly and severally liable for the ad, immediately suspend the broadcast under penalty of a daily fine of R$ 100 and administrative sanctions. The agency argues that the ad, among other infractions, violates the Consumer Defense Code, offering a product that is not yet available for sale in the market, featuring false advertising.
“We got in touch and tried to make a purchase, that's when we verified that it was a scam, so we notified OLX immediately to take it off the air,” said Tiago Silva, director of Procon SC. “In our understanding this cannot happen. Despite the warnings, everyone wants the vaccine, so we also demand that the site responds in solidarity”, he added.
Procon forwarded the notification to the authorities to identify the con artist. OLX said it took the ad off the air "soon after it was posted and blocked the user's account" and commented on the episode.
“OLX clarifies that so far it has not been notified by Procon-SC, has removed the ad from the platform shortly after its publication and has blocked the user's account. The platform also reinforces that it does not allow ads that violate the rules of use of the site, removes them and blocks users. OLX is at the authorities' disposal to collaborate in the investigation of the facts and if the user perceives that the platform's policies are being violated, it has complaints to investigate irregular advertisements and remove them”.
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