To help combat COVID-19 related fraud, 3M has established new 3M hotlines in the U.S. and around the world to help end-users and purchasers of 3M products identify authentic 3M respirators and ensure products are from 3M authorized distributors. 3M has published the current U.S. list prices for many of the most common models of 3M N95 respirators to help customers identify and avoid inflated prices. We have also filed lawsuits in courts across the country against wrongdoers, terminated 3M distributors for engaging in price gouging or violating 3M policy and collaborated with law enforcement and technology companies to combat fraud.
Don’t assume you can tell how well a respirator works by looking at it, or that a counterfeit respirator could substitute. 3M respirators are designed to be easy to use but the science and quality manufacturing that makes them effective are not so easy. Don’t endanger yourself or others by making the mistake of thinking that fake respirators look ok so they must work ok.
The best way to avoid counterfeit respirators is to purchase 3M respirators from 3M authorized distributors. Do not rely on 3M authorized distributor certificates, which are often falsified. If you have any question whether respirators you’ve purchased or are thinking about purchasing are authentic, 3M is here to help.
Spot Fraudulent Offers, Counterfeit Products and Price Gouging
To help identify fraud, counterfeiting, and price gouging in connection with 3M's Respiratory Protection products, review these resources to get the facts on 3M's practices, products, and prices.
For help detecting fraud or avoiding counterfeit products, please contact your local fraud hotline.
For more information on fraud, counterfeiting, and price-gouging of 3M respirators, consult the resources linked above or contact the 3M Fraud Hotline.
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3M is fighting respiratory protection fraud, globally, every day. 3M has investigated more than 14,200 cases globally, filed 36 lawsuits, and has been granted 19 temporary restraining orders and 13 preliminary injunctions. 3M, in partnership with multiple international law enforcement agencies, has also seized over 41 million counterfeit respirators. In addition, 21,000+ false or deceptive social media posts have been removed, 20,200+ fraudulent e-commerce offerings have been removed, and 315+ deceptive internet addresses have been removed.