Our firm Josh and Mak International, in its fight against PPE Fraud, has come across several videos better known as POL or proof of Life Videos where someone is proudly displaying 3M Respirators which are counterfeit, for sale as genuine goods.These videos are often shot in very dirty warehouses, with no signs of hygiene or sanitization.
This article, which we will edit and update along the way, aims to bring these images, videos and reports to public attention.
Some of these are coming from warehouses in Thailand, some from Hong Kong and many of these also come from South America.What really bothers us when we review these reports on behalf of our law clients is that fact that some of these respirators have entered the USA now either via the US-Mexico border or via door to door shipped/ paid samples, which means that they have been booked (DDP) into direct shipping to USA and Europe via corrupt customs officials in the country they are being shipped from.
The SGS reports or doctored /counterfeited Shipping documents and/or 3M LOT certificates through which these unscrupulous parties seek to dupe and deceive people into advance payments, sales contracts or even fully funded escrows are often original documents stolen electronically from the actual LOT owners.
The origin of the counterfeits is unknown as one single destination but most of the time these offers will come from relevantly new trading company without an explanation why they are showing you pictures like the ones below for 3M Respirators made in USA or why they are mention ‘3M USA Authorized Factories’ for OEM production in Asia when the mask boxes clearly state ‘Made in USA”.
These are the same respirators which merchants use the ‘anti-price gouging mantra’ to see for prices below 2.5 USD and also make claims that they have access to millions and billions of 3M USA stock.
Upon investigation from one trader from USA when we asked them if their 3M USA stock was already packed and ready for sale with their original USA shipping documents from the pre-March time period.
Surprisingly, and sadly we were shown images as below where you can clearly see the poor workmanship, the reckless use of ‘3M Tape’ and the tell-tale typing Font on the respirator which is so characteristic of Counterfeit 3M Respirators.Some of these images are from videos and many others come the doctored SGS Reports.
To be continued.