A man has been arrested on suspicion of selling fake coronavirus testing kits on the dark web.

The man, 38, from Birmingham, was arrested at his home in the city's Jewellery Quarter and was taken into custody on Tuesday for alleged offences under the Fraud Act 2006, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

It is alleged the man sold the kits to customers in the UK and United States.

The NCA said officers seized small quantities of what is believed to be cocaine and heroin from the address, and business records which are now being examined.

A 36-year-old suspect is also being sought in connection with selling fake Covid-19 testing kits.

He was allegedly selling Covid-19 kits on the dark web

A second property was searched in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, where suspected fake testing kits were found, but the suspect was not present at the address.

Matt Horne, deputy director of investigations at the NCA, said: "Anyone thinking of trying to profit from the public's fears about the pandemic should take note of this arrest.

"Bringing offenders to justice and ceasing their activities is a key priority across law enforcement.

"The NCA will target criminals who pose a risk to our collective effort to tackle the pandemic.

"We are investigating a number of reports on the sale of counterfeit products relating to Covid-19, and will continue to work with partners to protect the public."

Ben Russell, deputy director of the National Economic Crime Centre, said: "We know that criminals are trying to turn the pandemic to their advantage, but there are things you can do to help stay safe.

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"Be even more cautious than usual when shopping online and always follow the Take Five To Stop Fraud advice: stop, challenge and protect. If you believe you are a victim, please report it to your bank and Action Fraud immediately."

James Mancuso, from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), said: "Despite widespread illness and deaths caused by Covid-19, individuals and organisations operating around the globe are actively seeking to exploit and profit from the pandemic.

"These illicit activities compromise legitimate trade and financial systems, threaten the integrity of international borders, and endanger the safety and security of the public.

"HSI is conducting Operation Stolen Promise to protect the public from the increasing and evolving threat posed by Covid-19-related fraud and criminal activity."

Meanwhile the head of enforcement at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Andy Morling, said: "We work closely with the NCA and other law enforcement agencies to protect public health and prevent unlicensed medicines and non-compliant medical devices getting into circulation.

"No Covid-19 antibody self-testing kits have received CE mark status and there are no such testing kits available in the UK for home use.

"It is also illegal to supply these self-test kits for use by members of the public in the UK.

"Products that have not been tested to ensure they meet standards of safety, performance and quality cannot be guaranteed and this poses a risk to individuals' health.

"Always make sure you are buying your medicines from a registered pharmacy or website and your medical devices from reputable retailers."