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Fighting Respirator Fraud, Counterfeiting, and Price Gouging

At 3M, we are committed to help combat fraudulent activity in connection with 3M products and the COVID-19 pandemic.

3M Enforcement Activities

  • 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.

Stay current on 3M's enforcement efforts

See the actions 3M has taken to fight fraud, counterfeiting, and price gouging tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Counterfeit alert involving healthcare respirators

3M has been receiving increasing reports of counterfeiting and fraud related to the following two 3M respirator models: 3M™ Health Care Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask 1860; and 3M™ Aura™ Health Care Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask 1870+.

Read a communication to all 3M Authorized Distributors highlighting 3M’s requirements for sales of 3M respiratory protection products.

Get the Facts

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.

  • View information on how to identify fraudulent offers
    Fraudulent Offers

    To help identify fraudulent offers, review this list of common schemes that do not match 3M's practices.

  • View information on how to identify counterfeit 3M products
    Counterfeit Products

    To help avoid counterfeit products, review this list of suggestions and 3M product indications.

  • View information on how to identify price gouging
    Price Gouging

    To help identify and avoid inflated prices, consult 3M's list prices for common 3M N95 respirator models sold in the U.S.

Report a Concern

For help detecting fraud or avoiding counterfeit products, please contact your local fraud hotline.

Additional Resources

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  • 3M is fighting respiratory protection fraud, globally, every day. 3M has investigated more than 10,500 cases globally, filed 29 lawsuits, and has been granted 16 temporary restraining orders and 9 preliminary injunctions. Over 30+ law firms in 3M’s Preferred Counsel Network have offered to help bring cases forward. In addition, 16,100+ false or deceptive social media posts have been removed, 14,800+ fraudulent e-commerce offerings have been removed, and 270+ deceptive internet addresses have been removed.