Fighting Respirator Fraud and counterfeiting

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 not, and will not, raise prices for its respiratory protection products as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.


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

Stay current on 3M's enforcement efforts.


Get the Facts

Spot Fraudulent Offers, Counterfeit Products

To help identify fraud and counterfeiting in connection with 3M's Respiratory Protection products, review these resources to get the facts on 3M's practices, products, and prices.

  • Fraudulent Offers

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

  • Counterfeit Products

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


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 5,500 cases globally, filed 18 lawsuits, and has been granted 8 temporary restraining orders and 5 preliminary injunctions. Over 30 law firms in 3M’s Preferred Counsel Network have offered to help bring cases forward. In addition, 11,000+ false or deceptive social media posts have been removed, 8,000+ fraudulent e-commerce offerings have been removed, and 180+ deceptive internet addresses have been removed.


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