Interpol gave a warning about a new phase of criminal activity, where they would see the COVID-19 vaccines that are in relation to theft, falsification, and illegal advertising.
The agency has issued a global alert on law enforcement all around the globe to beware of organized crime groups may try to steal from the legitimate supplies or create fake vaccines.
France-based global police coordination agency said on Wednesday that it had issued an orange alert to police forces in all 194 states to prepare them for these crimes both physically and online.
This pandemic has given the criminals a new opportunity to act predatory, all because they know how much vaccines mean to the people, and would take advantage of that vulnerability to gain profit.
The agency wants to make a close observation to the transportation and distribution of the vaccines between the health regulators and the law enforcement so that it is ensured that the process would run smoothly without any false play or accidents, even checking online to see if there are any sites that are already up selling it.
As the vaccines are getting ready to be rolled out, these criminal gangs may be planning to infiltrate the supply chains and false advertising on fake or unauthorized vaccines – these could pose a dangerous impact on the gullible because of the improper vaccination they’re getting, said Interpol secretary general, Jürgen Stock.
“It is essential that law enforcement is as prepared as possible for what will be an onslaught of all types of criminal activity linked to the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said.
Interpol also warns that the people might be desperate to get negative results in order to fly abroad, due to the requirement set up by airlines and immigration agencies.
The public is told to take special care whenever they go online to purchase any medicine or equipment because they are facing illicit and potentially deadly products that are only being sold for money.
The analysis of cybercrimes obtained is about 3,000 units of online pharmaceutical websites that are suspected to sell illegitimate products, while 1,700 contained spamming malware that could be seen as a red flag.
“It is important to be vigilant, skeptical, and safe, as offers which appear too good to be true usually are,” the agency said.
Source: The Guardian