I’ve said it before a few times in these pages that there are people out there that are only looking at ways to make as much money as possible from Coronavirus and here we’ve found possibly the most despicable method yet, as people on the Dark Web are apparently selling the ‘blood’ of Coronavirus survivors as a fake vaccine.
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The news comes courtesy of the Australian Institute of Criminology, who have discovered both blood and anti-malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquin being sold as vaccines and charging people up to £13,000 for the privilege. There’s also a lot of PPE for sale for extortionate prices as well. Many of the 645 vendors they have investigated were based in the US.
Lead researcher Rod Broadhurst had this to say about it all:
For some people out there this pandemic is a criminal opportunity where they can cash in on fear and shortages.
We think we will see more of that and we need some basic monitoring to start shutting it down.
We found unsafe vaccines, repurposed antivirals – which are in very short supply – and quite a lot of bulk PPE on the dark web.
The biosecurity hazardous products are the most dangerous because some are marketed as if they have been leaked from real trials.
But, they could be fake and we don’t know what they are made from.
The word I think is passive vaccination, where the blood plasma of a recovered Covid-19 patient is harvested for the antibodies and that is then used to inject into someone who may be at risk of Covid-19.
I guess we shouldn’t’ really be that surprised about this, but I’m probably more shocked that tech savvy people who can find their way onto the Dark Web and know how to use it are actually falling for these scams and paying that much money for them. Surely that can’t be real?
For more of the same, check out when Extinction Rebellion protesters lost control of their fake blood hose. That was dumb.