Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary on possible fraud related to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation
Certain unidentified persons are taking advantage of the situation generated by the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19) global pandemic with the intention to commit fraud. Various cases have been reported where persons acting on behalf of fictitious companies or companies in liquidation were approaching foreign healthcare institutions with business offers, claiming to be in possession of a large supply of health protective equipment (mainly facial masks). In such cases, down payment was required in return for the promised shipment. Eventually, various excuses where used as to why the promised goods were never actually delivered to the intended purchaser.
Frauds of that nature even if these are only attempted but not completed, are capable of undermining confidence in the credibility of Hungarian businesses as well as the Hungarian economy as a whole. Therefore you are kindly requested to exercise caution and perform due diligence prior to engaging in any such transactions.
If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the Investment and Trade Director of the Mission.