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Rx-Partners online pharmacy fakes a GPhC seal

In rare instances, the large criminal Internet pharmacy networks are so bold as to rip off the certification seal of the United Kingdom’s General Pharmaceutical Council, which issues the tiny green icons to UK online pharmacies to certify that they comply with UK regulations. (An authentic GPhC seal would usually link to a page on […]

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Snapshot (12/19/13): Over 900 rogue Internet pharmacies added to LegitScript database

On a daily basis, LegitScript cybercrime and healthcare product analysts add anywhere from a few dozen to a couple of thousand of healthcare product websites to our database, classified by website type (e.g., Internet pharmacy or dietary supplement website), legitimacy (rogue, unapproved, unverified or legitimate) and, where applicable, the criminal network in question. Here’s a […]

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Holy Protein Shakes! (Part II) How rogue domain name resellers, fake merchants and high-risk acquirers collaborate

Our most recent post showed how rogue Internet pharmacies like sleepingtablets-online.com use seemingly innocuous websites like buy-protein-shakes-online.com to process customer payments. Our blog concluded by identifying name server rockhamptonserver.com as a “anchor” website apparently dedicated to the illicit activity, and noted that the payment processing pages, immepay.com and fashionpay.com, appear to be registered in China. An […]

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Holy Protein Shakes! (Part I) How rogue domain name resellers, fake merchants and high-risk acquirers collaborate

Ah, those pesky rogue protein shake merchants … at it once again! Rogue Internet pharmacy operators go to great lengths to conceal their activities from search engine advertising programs, domain name registrars, and even the banks they do business with. One common tactic: pretending that they are only selling shoes, cowbells or, in this case, […]

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LegitScript identifies new illicit Internet pharmacy networks

Reviewing online pharmacies with shared characteristics and website management, LegitScript recently uncovered several new Internet pharmacy networks that are not complying with basic drug safety protections. We do not recommend websites in the networks listed below, all of which are considered “rogue” for failing to meet the standards for the sale of medicines online. Quality […]

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LegitScript makes Japanese newspaper Yomiuri

Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper recently published an article about LegitScript regarding our Internet monitoring methods. Japan has the second-largest pharmaceutical market in the world, after the United States. Over the past two years, LegitScript has closed more than 400 illegal Japanese-language websites selling prescription medicine in a way that violates Japanese laws and regulations, and puts […]

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Top 10 Rogue Registrars (August 2013)

Our latest available data for the domain name registrars that sponsor rogue Internet pharmacies shows only some shuffling of the usual suspects, with no new companies making the Top 10. Most notably this month, Japanese registrar Onamae/GMO Internet continues its ascent toward the upper half of the list after entering the Top 10 in the […]

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Get to know LegitScript in 37signals’ Bootstrapped blog series

If you’ve ever wondered who we are and how we work — and what our office mascot, Parker, looks like — check out this new article from Signal vs. Noise. For its series Bootstrapped, Profitable & Proud, 37signals profiled LegitScript from our early underdog status through our evolution to a multilingual staff of 30-plus, working with […]

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New Internet pharmacy findings in NABP report: falsified VIPPS accreditations, fake medicines

A recent report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy outlines the deceptive practices of the majority of Internet pharmacies in the online healthcare marketplace. After reviewing 10,533 pharmacy websites over the last quarter, NABP found that a number of Internet drug sellers were falsely claiming to be accredited by NABP’s VIPPS program. Of […]

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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (July 2013)

If you’ve been following our monthly updates on the “safe haven” domain name registrars where rogue Internet pharmacies cluster, you’ll recognize all of the companies on the list below. Although our most recent data shows slight changes in the rankings of the top 10 safe havens since the June list, all the usual registrars are represented this month. We […]

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