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New York Attorney General Battles COVID-19 Related Snake Oil Marketing

  • NY AG Letitia James sent a letter to TV host Wayne Allen Root ordering him to immediately cease and desist marketing products as cures, treatments, or preventative measures for coronavirus, which he has been doing on his television show and through www.MyDoctorSuggests.com.
  • AG James also sent letters to domain name registrars GoDaddy, Inc., Dynadot, Name.com, Inc., Namecheap, Inc., Register.com, Inc., and Endurance International Group, Inc., apprising them that the AG’s office is investigating allegations of deceptive advertising, phishing schemes and malware dissemination through the registration and use of coronavirus-related domains in violation of New York’s consumer protection laws and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The letters request information about the steps that the registrars are taking to protect consumers.
  • In addition, AG James sent a letter to the attorneys for CraigsList.com apprising them that the AG’s office is investigating allegations of fraudulent and misleading advertisements of products and services relating to the detection and treatment of COVID-19 in violation of consumer protection laws. The letter also cites a post that offers sanitizer for sale at an exorbitant price in violation of New York’s price gouging law. The letter asks CraigsList to remove the cited posts and to provide the AG’s office with a description of the efforts CraigsList is making to detect and remove similar posts.