On Aril 24, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) seized a fraudulent COVID-19 domain name. The domain name, coronaprevention.org, was allegedly offered for sale on a hackers forum as an effective way to sell highly marked up goods in response to the pandemic. The domain name owner also allegedly informed an undercover agent that the domain name owner wanted to sell fake testing kits on the website. Fortunately, the domain name owner was unable to purchase the fake kits in bulk because of a lack of funds. Instead, the domain name owner was looking to sell the domain name at an exorbitant price.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a statement:  “‘We will not tolerate exploitation of this national emergency for personal gain,’ said U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Shea.  ‘This Office will not allow fraudsters to use anonymous online spaces and cryptocurrency to hide their harmful activities and prey on victims.’”

In line with this stance, a warrant was issued, and the domain name seized. Luckily, we have the professionals in the DOJ taking swift action to help keep us safe from fraudsters and criminals.