As the scourge of COVID-19 spreads around the world, the scourge of scams related to the pandemic has too. From fake tests to phishing and phone scams, individuals, hospitals and governments have fallen prey to criminals.
Scams related to PPE have been widespread as well. As a member of a public-private partnership focused on national security and preventing crime, we get regular updates on growing criminal threats.
Minerva Medica supports efforts to combat price gouging, hoarding, and fraudulent sales of PPE, tests and other supplies. We do our homework before making referrals to suppliers. We are committed to adhering to the highest professional and ethical standards, and empowering you to stay safe from scams as well from COVID-19.
Ask The Right Questions
To prevent fraud and stay safe from scams, experts advise:
Learn about current scams and tactics used by criminals--see our resources above and below
Don't provide confidential personal or organizational information without vetting contacts
Conduct due diligence on brokers, suppliers, and manufacturers, including doing Google searches
Ask questions about PPE suppliers and manufacturers, including location and experience
Verify delivery estimates and track record of deliveries
Ask about pricing, including suppliers' costs, mark-ups and market competition
Require an SGS Inspection Report, and consider getting an SGS Quality and Quantity Report.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. For more information, visit www.sgsgroup.us.com
How to spot fake N95 Masks
The National Personal Protective Laboratory at the CDC shows you what to look for in N95 masks to spot the fakes and find authentic NIOSH certified products.
FBI Internet Complaint Hotline: www.ic3.gov or 1-800-CALL-FBI
National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-720-5721