Mafia, Organized Crime Will Promote Faux COVID Vaccines
Mafia groups could try to disrupt the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the international police agency Interpol warned Wednesday.
In a statement, the group warned its 194 member states to remain vigilant with criminal organizations seeking to intervene in the vaccine. He also warned against selling the counterfeit coronavirus vaccine.
“Financial institutions should also help people who are not worried through fake websites and counterfeit drugs, which can put their health, even their lives at risk,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
“It is important for security forces to be prepared for the potential risks of all cases linked to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is why Interpol has issued a global warning.”
The warning comes as health officials in the US and elsewhere are reviewing a number of vaccines that have been developed. On Wednesday, the United Kingdom became the first Western nation to legalize the vaccine, giving light coverage of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines, which trials showed were safe and 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Last month, Interpol warned of the dangers of the real COVID-19 vaccine for sale, advising law enforcement agencies around the world to start preparing quickly to avoid such cases.
“The combination of low availability makes COVID-19 vaccine the equivalent of liquid gold in technologies that are only available once,” Stock said.
There is also a risk that the false COVID-19 test may be sold, the agency added, as the need for testing will increase as the international tour begins.
Interpol has warned people about counterfeit medicine and other medical products, which they say have begun to worry about the epidemic.
On Wednesday, the group said a survey found that “3,000 websites found in online stores suspected of selling illegal drugs and weapons, about 1,700 had cyber threats, particularly fraud and malware.”
In Wednesday’s warning, it also said the epidemic “has already caused unprecedented corruption.”
There has been an increase in cybercrime, Interpol said in August, with corporations and governments in dire need. The temporary shift of business from office to the internet has led to massive propaganda, malware, cyber fraud, and other frauds.
In the midst of the epidemic, there have been numerous cases of those who take advantage of the situation to commit fraud and raise the price of concealment.
On several occasions, people have been arrested for trying to sell expensive masks that they did not have.
In March, as COVID-19 began to spread in the US, law enforcement agencies across the country issued warnings about fraudulent knocking on doors belonging to CDC officials and offering financial tests.