12 tips to avoid buying fake N95 masks

The American Dental Association released guidelines to prevent the purchase of counterfeit N95 masks.

A dozen signs that a N95 mask may be counterfeit:

  • Absence of approval (TC) number marking
  • Absence or misspelling of NIOSH markings
  • Presence of decorative fabric or add-ons
  • Presence of ear loops instead of headbands
  • Suspiciously low price
  • Suspicious customer feedback
  • Seller claims approval for children's use
  • Seller's primary email contact uses a free email service
  • Seller's correspondence features typos, bad grammar or broken links
  • Seller uses such terms as "legitimate" and "genuine"
  • Seller's inconsistency in types of products sold
  • Seller claiming unlimited stock during shortage

Access the full tip sheet here.

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