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Shot from the Darkest Corner of the Internet: COVID-19 'Vaccines' for Sale on Social Media Platforms   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "The scramble to get the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccine has created a cottage industry for criminals and scammers to illegally peddle the shot (fake or real) enabled by social media platforms such as Facebook and Telegram, a joint Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and Coalition for a Safer Web (CSW) investigation has found. DCA and CSW engaged with online vaccine peddlers, learned how they operate under the noses of Facebook and Telegram monitors, and purchased at least one supposed vaccine (which will be tested if/once it arrives, with DCA reporting the findings). To say the demand outstrips supply is perhaps the largest understatement in world history. Even with production moving at a breakneck speed, the vaccines cannot get into arms fast enough. The thirst for the COVID-19 vaccine creates a fertile ground for scam artists on the internet to do what they do best -- prey on fears to sell hope to the hopeless. Over the past year, we've seen how criminals lure consumers with ads and posts for face masks and COVID-19 testing kits on social media platforms. Some have even created websites, with the help of known and previously trusted internet domain providers, to lure consumers into buying products which may or may not be able to provide any protection from COVID-19."

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2021-02
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Digital Citizens Alliance; Coalition for a Safer Web
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Digital Citizens Alliance: https://www.digitalcitizensalliance.org/
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