The COVID-19 outbreak has led to a surge in fraudulent activity, including the advertising and sale of counterfeit treatments and products. This is an immediate and growing concern, as criminals seek to take advantage of the high demand for healthcare and other consumer products. Below are several resources to help healthcare workers and the general public identify and report instances of fraud and counterfeiting related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional resources are available at the USPTO COVID-19 response resource center.
Federal government resources
The following federal agencies offer information on the COVID-19 outbreak and ways to avoid scams:
Ways to report fraud and counterfeiting
If you have encountered fraud or counterfeiting related to the COVID-19 outbreak, report:
- fraudulent schemes and suspected counterfeit products to the Department of Homeland Security
- scams or other consumer problems to the Federal Trade Commission
- unlawful internet sales of medical products related to the COVID-19 outbreak to the Food and Drug Administration