New Warning from 3M: Fraudulent Activity, Price Gouging, and Counterfeit Products

At 3M, we are committed to doing all we can to help combat the fraudulent, price gouging, and counterfeit activity that is unfortunately occurring in connection with COVID-19. Examples include people fraudulently representing themselves as being affiliated with 3M and having authentic 3M product to sell, selling (or offering to sell) 3M products at grossly inflated prices, selling counterfeit products falsely claimed to be from 3M, and falsely claiming to manufacture 3M products. In many cases, these scammers will try and secure
funds in advance and then disappear once the money is received.

3M will not tolerate any such activity by 3M authorized channel partners and we will aggressively pursue third-parties that seek to take advantage of this crisis. We are working with law enforcement authorities around the world – including, in the U.S., the U.S. Attorney General, state Attorneys General, and local authorities.

We have also created a new 3M COVID-19 Fraud hotline for the U.S. and Canada that end-users and purchasers of 3M products can call for information to help detect fraud and avoid counterfeit products.

You can reach this hotline by calling: 1 (800) 426-8688. In addition to the hotline, you can report a concern in the US at

You can report a concern in Canada at (English) or (French) 3M recommends purchasing our products only from a 3M authorized distributor or dealer, as that offers the greatest assurance that you will receive authentic 3M products.

Finally, 3M personal protective equipment (PPE) is intended, labeled, packaged, and certified to meet the requirements of the countries in which 3M sells it. Those requirements differ around the world, including as it relates to, for example, respirator performance, local language, and local certification and approval for sale and use. As a result, 3M PPE imported from other countries may not meet local requirements.

Please confirm such PPE meets all applicable requirements prior to use.
For technical assistance regarding the selection and use of 3M respirators, please contact your local 3M Technical Service team. In the U.S., you can call 1 (800) 243-4630. In Canada, you can call 1 (800) 364-3577.