The Strategist

Fraudsters start selling COVID-19 vaccine for Bitcoin

01/14/2021 - 02:43

Check Point, a cybersecurity company, found more than 340 advertisements for coronavirus vaccines on the darknet. The scammers are asking between $250 and $1,000 for a vaccine shot, and they are also willing to accept bitcoins.

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Check Point found 34 sites offering to buy the COVID-19 vaccine in total, compared to eight in a similar survey in December, according to CNBC.

Check Point decided to check one of the ads by ordering the vaccine. The seller then got in touch with the company’s representative on Telegram and offered to buy the Chinese-made drug for $750; the company's specialists transferred $750 worth of bitcoins. Having received the payment, the fraudster deleted the account, and the company did not receive the package.

Earlier, the Safe Internet League recorded cases of online fraud involving the sale of vaccines against the coronavirus and fake certificates of absence of COVID-19 infection. 

Fraudsters began registering fake domains related to coronavirus vaccines en masse back in March, and their number has only grown since then.