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This week, a New Jersey couple and a homeless veteran were arrested and charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for an alleged fraud scheme on the online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe. According to NPR, the three raised $400,000 from more than 14,000 donors based on an allegedly fabricated story of a Good Samaritan. It’s the latest high-profile scam to draw attention to online aggregators and the risks they pose for payment facilitators.
Intervening at the registrar level to battle spam and Internet scams is an effective tactic, but one that requires “highly focused organizations that work diligently to discover new domains and also can establish credibility or effective pressure across registrars,” researchers concluded in a new study. Citing work done between LegitScript and major domain name registrar…