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Security Alert: Hong Kong (China), Avoid fraudulent COVID vaccines

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau 

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations urges Americans to beware of individuals and criminal organizations seeking to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.  These individuals and organizations are attempting to capitalize on public demand for access to vaccines and treatments by illegally introducing counterfeit versions into U.S. and global marketplaces.  The sale and distribution of counterfeit vaccines and medical treatments could stop or delay medical care to those in need and endanger the lives of U.S. and international consumers.  


Please beware of the following:


  • Websites or individuals selling products claiming to be vaccines;
  • Pharmaceutical or vaccine information with misspellings or in a foreign language;
  • Individuals requesting personal or banking information in exchange for vaccine information or COVID-19 products;
  • Vaccines or prescription pharmaceuticals from third-party marketplaces or social media platforms   


These activities compromise legitimate trade and financial systems, threaten the integrity of U.S. borders, and endanger the safety and security of the American people.  For more information, please see https://www.ice.gov/factsheets/operation-stolen-promise


Actions to Take:





U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

26 Garden Road, Hong Kong

+852 2841-2211

+852 2523-9011 (after hours)






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