FBI Says Beware Of Coronavirus Vaccine-Related Items On Dark Web

The FBI says there are all kinds of stuff for sale on the dark web. KDKA's Meghan Schiller has more.

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STEVE LAMPO: Just about anything that somebody will want to want to buy, steal or use or resell, it can be found there.

KYM GABLE: If you are tired of waiting for a vaccine appointment, why not just leapfrog to the front of the line and overnight a dose right to your front door.

STACY SMITH: That is the tempting offer allegedly available right now on the dark web. KDKA investigator Megan Schiller wanted to find out whether the doses are real. Megan got exclusive access with an FBI Special Agent as he searched for a dark web doses.

MEGAN SCHILLER: Inside this room filled with computers, monitors, and cords, runs a hidden connection to the dark web.

STEVE LAMPO: Initially, it was designed with good intentions but there have been a lot of criminals who've taken advantage of that and have stood up illicit markets. Full of--

MEGAN SCHILLER: FBI Supervisory Special Agent Steve Lampo shows our cameras around a popular dark web marketplace.

STEVE LAMPO: So I've got a site up here where there are just a plethora of-- of different types of drugs: heroin, methamphetamine,

MEGAN SCHILLER: Stolen weapons, fake IDs, social security cards.

STEVE LAMPO: Counterfeit documents, personal information. I've seen dark websites that sell hacked eBay accounts and Amazon accounts and Netflix.

MEGAN SCHILLER: And now dark web doses for $200 a pop.

STEVE LAMPO: So here's one where somebody's selling the Moderna vaccine. 10 doses of it for $2,000 and they say they'll just ship it to you.

MEGAN SCHILLER: Criminals capitalizing on people's desperation and the fear in waiting any longer. Do you think that if you went and bought this with your experience it would show up?

STEVE LAMPO: With this, I doubt it. For items like this, typically a seller will-- will stand up an account, put something up for sale, and they'll get some money and disappear.

MEGAN SCHILLER: And there's no customer service to call on the dark web.

STEVE LAMPO: There's no recourse. No. Their-- their-- their account would get banned eventually, if people complained, but they would just set up a new one.

MEGAN SCHILLER: Agent Lampo found these doses within minutes and fears Pittsburghers could stumble into this scam.

STEVE LAMPO: The concern is here if you buy this-- if you pay this money, is something actually going to be sent to you. And if something is sent you, know what-- is the thing that's on the outside of the bottle actually what's inside the bottle. And then you're going to put it in your body. So that's-- that's a real danger.

MEGAN SCHILLER: And if you're already vaccinated, the FBI warns stop before you snap.

STEVE LAMPO: Sooner or later, we will see some-- some vaccine cards being sold on the dark web.

MEGAN SCHILLER: It's an easy way for someone else to falsely show they received your shot. And all it takes is a quick screen grab.

STEVE LAMPO: And people are desperate at this point to try to get a vaccine. And the criminals are aware of that, and they're eager to take advantage of that.

MEGAN SCHILLER: So even if this pharmacy line feels slow, Agent Lampo says it's undeniably safer.

STEVE LAMPO: If I go to my local pharmacy, I know the person I'm dealing with. They've got a name tag. I know where the pharmacy's headquarters is. I can write to them or call them if I have a problem. You can't do that here.

MEGAN SCHILLER: FBI Special Agents dedicated to cybersecurity work long hours, trying to shut down marketplaces like the one you just saw, and charge the criminals trying to use it for profit. With doses now opening to the public here in Pennsylvania, the FBI says criminals will now need to switch gears, focusing soon on those vaccine cards. Kim.