The scammers Impersonate the World Health Organization (WHO) trying to get donations in bitcoin (BTC). They are looking to take advantage of the recently launched COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
20 March, 2020 | AtoZ Markets – The number of coronavirus cases around the world increases daily. But online scammers are turning to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin (BTC) to steal money under the guise of the global pandemic. Fraudulent emails seek to steal bitcoins, bank details and identities. Recommend to be alert to emails, websites and applications related to coronavirus. Donald Trump and Angela Merkel are comparing the coronavirus pandemic to the Second World War. However, it is not surprising that fear is about to reach a tipping point, which plays into the hands of scammers.
BTC Scammers Find a Way on COVID-19 Pandemic
Cybersecurity Sophos says some online scammers impersonate WHO in an attempt to steal cryptocurrency donations to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scammers impersonating the @WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund are evolving. First samples seen on 16 March and have put a bit more spit and polish on the 18 March run. Please donate to the real fund here: https://t.co/MfggnADyKF pic.twitter.com/FVwbbSmN4e— Chester Wisniewski (@chetwisniewski) March 19, 2020
A cybersecurity expert at Sophos, Chester Wisniewski reported on WHO impersonators in a tweet, posting screenshots of emails from scammers. According to Wisniewski, fraudsters are also trying to deceive people by sending them bitcoins as a donation to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. It recently created with the United Nations Foundation to fight the spread of the pandemic. The fund also collects individual donations in addition to receiving the support of giants such as Facebook and Google.
However, the false request for donations reported by Wisniewski does not refer to the website at all. According to the screenshot, the impersonators are asking potential donors to donate by sending Bitcoin directly to an address given in the email. The impersonators also use a false address, email@example.com, to scam people, according to data from the security researcher. At the press time, the two Bitcoin addresses are empty, according to data from the explorer at Blockchain.com.
However, those who are gullible enough to send crypto to the Bitcoin address included in the email will only enrich those who conducted this scam.
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