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COVID-19 quick take: Feds target 3,600 bogus coronavirus websites

John Fitzgerald  

John Fitzgerald  

(April 23, 2020) - The U.S. Justice Department said April 22 it has disrupted hundreds of internet domains after receiving more than 3,600 complaints related to online coronavirus scams.

The websites advertised fake vaccines, sought funds for fraudulent charities or infected users’ computers with malware, the DOJ said.
 
Many were shut down for abusing terms of service after federal agencies notified the private companies that manage or host the domains.
 
The DOJ also said the FBI has noted bogus IRS sites targeting stimulus payment applicants through phishing schemes looking for banking information.

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