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Darknet mafia out to swindle corona-scared people with fake vaccines
It is most likely that misinformation is going to play havoc with people's lives in the countryside vis-a-vis vaccines for the coronavirus pandemic. How to keep the ordinary people with little access to right information out of harm's way is going to be a challenging task now. With 'vaccine' on everyone's lips these days, the swindlers have the field day.

Especially when prescription has become a matter of public domain with politicians making medical announcements. When Presidents and Prime Ministers like Donald Trump prescribe medicines - and people have died - what to talk of the ordinary people. Or when the world's top-most health expert makes an ugly statement that mask is not meant for the common man or that repurposing dexamethasone is the "green shoot" in the fight against corona, how do we blame the ordinary people for getting into the clutches of the conmen!

Cheating is common incidence on the Net and the pandemic has provided a golden opportunity to swindlers for spreading misinformation in order to dupe people easily. Fake remedies and vaccines have gone on sale online.

NEW DELHI, Dec 15: There are fake vaccines for covid galore on the Net to swindle the people who are excited over the news of success of vaccine trials and its imminent availability to ward off coronavirus epidemic. It is going to be a year soon since the pandemic has been ravaging the world claiming lakhs of lives in the absence of a medicine for the new fatal infection.

The payments are sought through cryptocurrency so that it is difficult to trace the payee. Web watcher Checkpoint found that fake vaccines are sold for $250 and above.

Cyber watchers have reported that a lot of such fake sales have opened up on the darknet. This is a huge opportunity for fraudsters to dupe the ill-informed and the gullible. "When researchers communicated with one vendor, they offered to sell an unspecified Covid-19 vaccine for 0.01 BTC (around US$300)," Checkpoint said.

"All of the vendors we found insist on payment in bitcoin, as it minimises the chance of them being traced, casting further doubt on the authenticity of the medicines they are selling," the cyber watcher said.

Some sample posts are: “available corona virus vaccine $250” to “Say bye bye to COVID19=CHLOROQUINE PHOSPHATE” to “Buy fast.CORONA-VIRUS VACCINE IS OUT NOW .”

Meanwhile, Facebook and Google search have introduced some features to filter out fake vaccine misinformation on the Net.

Health organizations have issued warnings. However, if the 'British' clerks' warning of fakes and misinformation could reach the people, indeed the right information could have reached them earlier as well!

It is quite common incidence that people are cheated on the Net through alluring advertisements and other offers.

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