Scammers are falsely claiming to sell COVID-19 vaccines online — and the feds are fighting back.
The US Attorney’s Office in Maryland seized a website, COVIDReliefSociety.org, that claimed to sell coronavirus vaccines and offer same-day delivery around the world, the office said Thursday.
After it was registered in December, the website allegedly used imagery from vaccine maker Moderna while collecting users’ personal information for purposes including fraud, deployment of malware and phishing attacks.
The seizure is the 10th coronavirus-related fraud site the Maryland US Attorney’s Office has taken down in recent months, the office said.
“It is reprehensible that fraudsters are trying to prey on unsuspecting residents and their families,” said acting US Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner in an announcement of the seizure. “Remember that the COVID vaccine is not for sale, and the federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to people living in the United States.”
Authorities are acting fast to seize scam phishing websites offering to sell coronavirus vaccines.Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Offic
Earlier in May, authorities took down freevaccinecovax.org, which also allegedly imitated a vaccine distributor in order to collect users’ information.
Both sites now display announcements saying they have been seized by law