Interpol has issued a global alert to law enforcement agencies around the world warning them that criminal networks may try to sell fake Covid-19 vaccines or steal real
The Global Police Coordination Agency, based in France, announced on Wednesday that it had issued an orange alert to police forces in 194 member states, alerting them to prepare for organized crime to target vaccines online and physically.
It claimed that the outbreak had already triggered “unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior” and warned against
a new wave of criminal activity about the falsification, theft and illegal marketing of Covid-19 vaccines.”
The Agency called for strong collaboration between health regulators and law enforcement agencies as vaccines are closer to authorization
and distribution to ensure the safety of the supply chain and to identify illicit websites selling counterfeit products.
As gov’t prepare to launch mass vaccination projects, crime networks “plan to infiltrate or disrupt distribution networks and also target the public through
fake sites and fake cures that could pose a risk to their health and even their lives,” said Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General of Interpol.
“It is crucial that the law enforcement agencies are as prepared as possible for the onslaught of all kinds of crimes activity linked to the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said.
The Company also stated that criminal gangs are likely to start parallel production and distribution of “unauthorized and falsified.”
coronavirus test kits as foreign travel resume, and airlines and border control authorities increasingly demand that passengers perform negative tests.
Interpol also informed the people about taking special care when searching for medical devices or medicines online.
It said that people faced a threat not only from potentially life-threatening goods but also from cyber attacks.
Evaluation by its cybercrime unit of some 3,000 online drug company websites suspected of selling illicit products has shown that more than 1,700 contains phishing or spamming malware, the Agency said.
“It is essential to be vigilant, skeptical, and safe, as the offer that seems too good to be true are usually,” the Agency said.