She is an investigator from the Strasbourg gendarmerie (Bas-Rhin) who smelled the scam. A dozen chloroquine sales sites suddenly emerged on the internet. “When you type 'buy cheap chloroquine', you realize that there is a resurgence of sites which offer it for sale”says the investigator who wishes to remain anonymous. Nearly 70 sales sites but also business pages are hacked and link to illegal drug sales platforms hosted abroad.
The criminals used formidable SEO techniques. “They are really very strong at indexing as much as possible. We notice that they are ready to do anything to reach the maximum number of victims”says the investigator. The gendarmes identified tens of thousands of connections, or thousands of potential victims. Even if it is illegal, the demand exists. Criminals take advantage of it. In addition, while the Easter holidays begin Friday, April 2, the Interior Ministry announced a tightening of controls so that the French stay at home to fight against the spread of Covid-19.
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