August 14, 2020
New York Attorney General takes Action against Craigslist and Internet Registrars

New York Attorney General Orders Craigslist to Remove Fake Coronavirus Cures, also Requests Web Registrars to Halt Domain Name Registrations Related to Virus Scams

The New York Attorney General’s Office has ordered Craigslist to remove fake coronavirus cures and told registrars to stop issuing domains for scams…

With every crisis comes the opportunity for nefarious characters to attempt to cash-in for themselves at the expense of unsuspecting victims. Such is the case with fake coronavirus cures, which are circulating on the internet, including social media sites and popular health forums.

New York Attorney General takes Action against Craigslist and Internet Registrars

Recently, Facebook has stepped up its efforts to find and remove scams related to fraudulent COVID-19 cures. In fact, its algorithms were so aggressive, they even started targeting legitimate sources. (The social giant has since corrected the problem.)

Now, the Attorney General for the state of New York has demanded the Craigslist delete any listings that feature bogus coronavirus cures. Additionally, the office has dispatched letters to GoDaddy, along with give other internet registrars, asking the companies to stop issuing domain names for virus-related scams. The NY AG also requested internet registrars delist any names already in use on the web.

The Federal Communications Commission is also warning the public about such scams, writing on its official website:

“The FCC has received reports of scam and hoax text message campaigns and scam robocalls offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, selling health insurance, and preying on virus-related fears.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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