Interpol issues a “global warning”, in a statement released Wednesday, December 2, against “organized crime networks targeting the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines, both physically and online”. The pandemic has unleashed “unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior” and member states must prepare for “an attack of all types of criminal activity”, warns the international criminal police organization. “Falsification”, “theft”, “illegal advertising of Covid-19 and influenza vaccines”. Some criminals have not hesitated to sell and administer “fake vaccines,” Interpol says.
The international criminal police organization warns states of the need to “ensure the security of the supply chain” and “identify illicit websites selling fake products”. Criminal organizations want to “infiltrate” or “disrupt supply chains” for vaccines, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said in this statement. For this, real coordination is needed between law enforcement and health regulatory bodies, which guarantees the safety of the population.
Interpol also warns the population about “bogus websites” and “bogus remedies” and calls for increased vigilance when “international travel gradually resumes”. Criminal networks may increase the production and distribution of “unauthorized and falsified test kits”. “3,000 websites associated with online pharmacies suspected of selling illicit drugs and medical devices”, were counted by the cybercrime unit of Interpol. Of those 3,000 sites, “about 1,700 contained cyberthreats, particularly phishing and spam malware,” warns Interpol.
We must therefore be wary of offers that “seem too good to be true” and always check with “national health authorities or the World Health Organization, the latest health advice concerning Covid-19”.