Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A major vaccine scam is flooding Europe


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False advertisements for vaccines and attempted fraud with counterfeit medicines are detected by Europol. The latest major crackdown on organized crime seized 33 million substandard medical devices, including masks and tests for Kovid-19.

Europol data show a worrying trend. More and more criminal groups are targeting the trafficking of drugs and medical devices. This type of activity provides huge profits and the risks of disclosure are lower.

It turns out that anti-cancer drugs, Viagra, antivirals and painkillers are most often traded on the black market. Last year alone, Europol smashed 10 illegal laboratories and 25 criminal groups.

In an interview with BNT, Europol said that most counterfeit drugs arrive in shipments from China and India. They warn that the biggest dangers are hidden in the Internet sites. Of the 4,000 sites under surveillance, 453 have been removed.

Since the spring of 2020, more and more pandemic fraud has come to Europol’s attention. In the UK, for example, some elderly people are targeted by telephone scammers.

Recorded messages offer a reservation for a vaccine, but when you press the confirmation number, the deceived person is charged heavily.

Against this background, Europol also warns of false advertisements for vaccines and medicines, mainly on the Internet.

“In recent months, we have noticed that fraudulent ads for vaccines are starting to appear on the Internet, especially in Darknet. But behind such ads are various crimes. For example, behind a link can be hidden viruses to steal credit data cards or personal information. During the health crisis, crime also targeted cybercrime, including the sexual exploitation of children online. Phone scammers also took advantage of the pandemic. The elderly are their most common victims, “said Ina Mihaylova, a spokeswoman for Europol. “.

They warn of the danger of trafficking in substandard vaccines coming out of the cold chain, as well as possible theft during deliveries. They said transport associations had planned enhanced security measures early in their deployment.

“Criminals are likely to advertise more and more counterfeit vaccines using the brands of real pharmaceutical companies. It is important to know that Kovid vaccines are not available on the open market in Europe. Pharmaceutical companies sell them directly to the competent state authorities. Citizens can they rely only on the immunization campaign organized by the authorities “, adds Ina Mihailova.

During the last major operation of Europol “Shield”, 33 million low-quality and counterfeit medical devices were confiscated – including masks and tests for coronavirus.

In connection with the pandemic, 8 tons of raw materials, chemicals and antivirals, as well as 70,000 liters of hygienic disinfectants were seized. Investigators also found more than 25 million units of drugs and doping substances.





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