Mafia groups are likely to try to disrupt the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the International Police Organization Interpol. International Police Be warned on Wednesday.
at statementThe group has warned its 194 member states that they must be very vigilant of organized crime networks trying to infiltrate supply chains to obtain vaccines. They also warned against selling fraudulent materials Corona Virus Vaccines.
“Criminal networks will also target members of the unsuspecting public via fake websites and false remedies, which could pose a significant risk to their health, and even their lives,” said Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock.
“It is imperative that law enforcement agencies be prepared as much as possible for what will be an attack of all kinds of criminal activities related to the COVID-19 vaccine, and that is why INTERPOL issued this global warning.”
The warning comes as stated in the health authorities at The United States and elsewhere are testing multiple vaccines That has been developed. On Wednesday, the United Kingdom became the first Western country Officially authorize Vaccine, gives green light to the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, which trials have shown is safe and 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Last month, Interpol issued a risk warning The original COVID-19 vaccines being tradedHe advised law enforcement agencies around the world to begin preparing immediately to prevent such crimes.
“Rising demand coupled with limited supply will make COVID-19 vaccines equivalent to liquid gold for organized crime networks as soon as they become available,” said Stock.
There is also a risk of selling fake COVID-19 tests, the organization added, as the need for testing is likely to increase as international travel begins to return.
INTERPOL has previously warned the public about Fake medicine And other medical materials that she indicated have become a particular concern during the pandemic.
The group said on Wednesday that its analysis showed that “of the 3,000 websites linked to internet pharmacies suspected of selling illegal drugs and medical devices, about 1,700 contained electronic threats, especially phishing and spam.”
In a warning on Wednesday, it also indicated that the pandemic has already caused “unprecedented opportunistic criminal behavior.”
he was there High rate of cybercrimeInterpol said in August, with companies and governments being the main targets. The widespread shift of business operations from offices to the Internet has led to a spike in phishing, malware, Internet fraud and disinformation.
Throughout the epidemic, there have been many cases of opportunists who have taken advantage of the moment to commit fraud and Extraction mask prices.
In March, when the spread of COVID-19 began in the United States, law enforcement agencies across the country issued warnings Fraudsters knock on people’s doors, claiming they are in charge of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention He offered to test people for money.