Interpol has issued a global warning to law enforcement agencies around the world warning them that organized crime networks may try to sell fake Kovid-19 vaccines or steal genuine supplies.
The global police coordination agency based in France said on Wednesday that it had issued an orange warning to police forces in its 194 member states, warning them to prepare to target the vaccine both physically and online.
It said the epidemic had already triggered “unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior” and warned of a new wave of criminal activity “in connection with falsification, theft and illegal advertising of Kovid-19 vaccines”.
The agency called for closer coordination between health regulators and law enforcement as vaccines come closer to approval and distribution to ensure the security of the supply chain and identify illegal websites that make fake sales.
As governments prepare to plan mass vaccination programs, criminal gangs “infiltrate or disrupt supply chains,” and target the public through fake websites and false treatment that threatens their health, even That can pose a significant threat to their lives ”, Interpol Secretary General, Jürgen Stock, said.
“It is essential that law enforcement be prepared as much as possible that will be a part of all types of criminal activity involving the Kovid-19 vaccine,” he said.
The agency said criminal gangs were also highly likely to begin parallel production and distribution of “unauthorized and false” coronovirus test kits as international travel resumed and increasingly demand for airlines and immigration officials gave passengers a negative test result. Produces.
Interpol also warned the public to pay special attention to online search for medical devices or drugs. It said that people faced danger not only from potentially life-threatening products, but also from cyber threats.
The agency said an analysis of suspicion of selling illegal products by a cybercrime unit of about 3,000 online pharmacy websites showed that there were more than 1,700 phishing or spamming malware.
The agency said, “It is important to be alert, suspicious and safe, because the offers that look great are usually right.”