The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alerted the state police departments and other law-enforcement agencies about an Interpol input warning on a racket selling fake hand sanitizer using methanol, and another racket that poses as PPE and other COVID-19 related medical suppliers.
The CBI, after receiving the input immediately alerted the police authorities to remain vigilant about gangs using the modus operandi to make quick money.
Interpol has also given inputs about fake hand sanitizer being made using methanol, a highly toxic substance, as the base, the officials said.
Instances have been reported from other countries of use of spurious hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, they added.
“Methanol can be highly toxic and dangerous for the human body,” an official said