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Someone bought ebola.com and is trying to sell it off for €118,500

The owners of the domain name say they’ve received “many inquiries” about it over the years, but have yet to sell it.

Health workers in protective gear wait to carry a body of a person suspected to have died from Ebola in Liberia.
Health workers in protective gear wait to carry a body of a person suspected to have died from Ebola in Liberia.
Image: AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh

WHEN A MAJOR incident or event happens, you can be certain that someone will try to profit from it.

The latest example coming from a US company called Blue String Ventures, which has found a way to use Ebola, the virus that has claimed more than 4,000 lives this year, to their own advantage.

It currently owns the domain name Ebola.com, and is offering to sell it for $150,000 (€118,500).

The president of Blue String Ventures and the owner of the Ebola.com domain, Jon Schultz, told CNBC that it had “many inquiries” about the name over the years, but none which lead to a sale.

“Ebola.com would be a great domain for a pharmaceutical company working on a vaccine or cure, a company selling pandemic or disaster-preparedness supplies, or a medical company wishing to provide information and advertise services,” says Schultz.

“There could be many other applications as well. With so many people concerned about the disease, any advertisement referring people to Ebola.com should get an excellent response.”

Schultz says he bought the domain name back in 2008 for an undisclosed sum with his business partner Chris Hood.

They’ve also bought other similar domain names like BirdFlu.com, PotassiumIodide.com (which is used to fight radiation-induced cancer if an attack on a nuclear power plant or nuclear bomb fallout occurred), Fukushima.com and GreenCoffeeExtract.com among others.

ebola site The main page for ebola.com. Source: ebola.com

Schultz told CNBC that the company’s strategy is to buy “generic domains which we can develop or resell later at a profit,” and said that after “having seen the movie ‘Outbreak,’ I was entranced by the subject and couldn’t resist buying the domain.”

Those who visit the page Ebola.com will be greeted by a basic website with states “This website is currently being developed.” The site also has a link allowing visitors to donate to Doctors Without Borders, and an Amazon widget advertising books on the subject.

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