week of July 23, 2021

A weekly compilation of engaging digital content.

CYBER CRIMESHSI and Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office seize 2 domain names purporting to sell COVID-19 treatment or prevention drugs

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland seized fraudulent websites that contained numerous uses of the legitimate Walmart trademarked logo and appearing to mimic a legitimate Walmart website. The domains were allegedly used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the sites in order to use their information for nefarious purposes. Read more


CHILD EXPLOITATIONMulti-agency operation helps locate, recover 78 missing minors in southern New Mexico

A multi-agency operation, led by HSI and the U.S. Marshals Service, resulted in the recovery and/or location of 78 missing minors in the past two months in the area. Read more


HUMAN TRAFFICKINGHSI probe exposes man who lured women from Canada with promises to “help” their modeling careers

An Illinois man pleaded guilty July 19 to a federal sex trafficking charge, admitting that he lured two victims – both of whom were 19 at the time – from Canada with promises of promoting their modeling careers, but instead, forced their victims to engage in commercial sex acts by employing force, fraud and/or coercion. Read more


CHILD EXPLOITATIONHSI investigation leads to lengthy federal sentence for child exploitation

A Kentucky man was sentenced to serve 214 months in federal prison for using a 7-year-old victim to produce child exploitation material. Bradley Scott Helton, 33, previously pleaded guilty to communicating with the victim via an app called “Kiss Kiss: Spin the Bottle.” He admitted to chatting with the victim, sending sexual videos and pictures, and requesting the victim send sexual videos in return. Read more



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Updated: 07/23/2021