Since March 2020, 3M has been working to combat COVID-19 related fraud and counterfeiting. 3M established 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. We 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. We continue this work still today, because ensuring the authenticity of 3M products remains as important as ever.
Watch this interview with 3M Director, Assistant General Counsel, Personal Safety Division, Dan O'Connor as he explains more about 3M's actions to fight fraud, counterfeiting and price gouging tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Read a communication to all 3M Authorized Safety and Industrial Distributors highlighting 3M’s requirements for sales of 3M respiratory protection products.
Proper selection and use are key to utilizing respirators to help reduce exposure to airborne contaminants. Find Technical Bulletins, How to Videos, Fit Testing Resources and more information to help you protect your employees and yourself.
3M is fighting respiratory protection fraud, globally, every day. 3M has investigated more than 18,600 cases globally, filed 41 lawsuits, and has been granted 22 temporary restraining orders and 20 preliminary injunctions. 3M, in partnership with multiple international law enforcement agencies, has also seized over 59 million counterfeit respirators. In addition, 36,700+ false or deceptive social media posts have been removed, 49,600+ fraudulent e-commerce offerings have been removed, and 455+ deceptive internet addresses or content have been removed.