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Senate Hearing Exposes Extent of Fraud

The extent of the fraud that has been committed in the US over the course of this pandemic is atrocious and unprecedented targeting both consumers and government agencies. According to the Federal Trade Commission "As of June 7, consumers have lost nearly 48 million dollars due to coronavirus fraud." -- Senator Diane Feinstein Personal Protective Equipment Scams Beyond the immense sale of counterfeits, the committee notes that advance fee schemes where the victim prepays for a good have run rampant. Criminals have been keen to spoof email addresses known to the victim. This has not only affective individuals but government agencies as well. For example, the FBI is aware of multiple incidents where “state government agencies, attempting to procure ventilators or PPE, wire transferred funds to fraudulent brokers and...

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3M Fraudulent Activity and Price Gouging Notice

Examples of fraud with 3M products include people fraudulently representing themselves as being affiliated with 3M and having authentic 3M product to sell, selling (or offering to sell) 3M products at grossly inflated prices, selling counterfeit products falsely claimed to be from 3M, and falsely claiming to manufacture 3M products. In many cases, these scammers will try and secure funds in advance and then disappear once the money is received. 3M has created a fraud hotline that you can call: 1 (800) 426-8688.3M also has an online form available: https://engage.3m.com/covidfraud Specific to 3M respirators, 3M has offered the following guidance: 3M has NOT changed the prices charged for respirators. The list prices for surgical respirators range from $0.68 to $1.78. 3M respirators should not be...

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Halyard Scam Notice

O&M Halyard has reported fraudulent activities concerning the sale of their products in connection with COVID-19. There are sellers fraudulently representing themselves as being affiliated with our company or having authentic HALYARD brand product to sell when they don’t. This activity is predominately happening via email and in online marketplaces. Before you agree to purchase any HALYARD branded product be aware of the following: O&M Halyard does not sell or ship product direct to consumers. We sell through a network of Distribution Partners. Make sure you are doing business with an authorized Halyard Distribution Partner. O&M Halyard does not accept payment via BitCoin or PayPal. Any offer that requires payment via these channels or other web based channel is suspect. If...

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Makrite Scam Notice

Makrite respirators are in extremely limited supply. As such, if you receive an offer for their masks you should proceed with extreme caution. The manufacturer has reported the following: If someone claims to be able to obtain over 40,000pcs of Makrite N95 masks in a short period of time, it will be a scam and shall not be trusted.  If someone claims that they could obtain a large quantity of Makrite N95 masks through the internal relations with our factory, it will be a scam and shall not be trusted.  If you have any doubts about the source of masks or authorization when purchasing Makrite masks in the market, please contact Makrite at +886-2-26982419

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Makrite Counterfeit N95 Respirator

Makrite recently published an alert that the following respirator purporting to be their 9500-N95 is a counterfeit product. In the event that you encounter a counterfeit Makrite product or suspect one to be counterfeit, please report it to cynthiashih@makrite.com

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