Department of Homeland Security agents have intercepted millions of fake N-95 masks over the last several weeks bringing the total to more than 10 million counterfeit masks.
The most recent bust was at an East Coast warehouse where agents busted fake 3M N-95 masks.
There are at least 6,000 potential victims spanning 12 states and investigators are notifying them. The victims include those who may have unknowingly purchased fakes, and those at medical facilities and hospitals.
Officials said people could be putting themselves at the risk with faulty masks.
“Not only do they give a false sense of security, how dangerous is the exposed individual without any protective gear? They have no utility whatsoever,” Homeland Security Secretary Ali Mayorkas said of the fake masks as reported in an AP story.
Officials would not say which states had fake masks but indicated that criminal charges were forthcoming.