Counterfeit ambulances on rise in China
China has moved on from creating fake consumer products and onto illegal medical vans
BEIJING, China — A new illegal and deadly activity has taken over Chinese cities, and it stems beyond fake luxury watches and electronics. As anyone who’s ever been to China, or even to a local Chinatown in their city, will tell you, a visit equals a mecca for all things counterfeit. Given how many products are made in the far east region, this isn’t surprising.
But before you find laughs in poorly designed fake iPads, Gucci bags, and Rolex watches, realize that there may be an even bigger issue at hand. China has moved on from creating fake consumer products and onto illegal medical vans otherwise known as “black ambulances.”
According to reports in China’s Global Times newspaper, unauthorized ambulances in China are becoming increasingly common. The perpetrators’ intent is to scam medical victims for cold hard cash. Many of these black ambulances lack the appropriate medical tools to sustain a vulnerable patient’s health in between transport, and some of the workers inside the van aren’t technically licensed or trained.