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Online Scammers Impersonate World Health Organization (WHO) to Steal BTC COVID-19 Donations !

Online Scammers Impersonate World Health Organization (WHO) to Steal BTC COVID-19 Donations !

As the number of global coronavirus cases grows each day, online scammers are turning to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) to steal money under the cover of the global pandemic.

According to cybersecurity firm Sophos, some online perpetrators are now impersonating the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to steal cryptocurrency donations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

scammers are sending emails to individuals asking them to use “Bitcoin Network” and donate to their wallet address. A preview of the email is available below:

"We are all affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an unprecedented health challenge and we know people and organizations everywhere want to help. The world health organization is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic.
The greatest need right now is to help ensure all countries are prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems.
Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus to ensure patients get the care they need and front-line workers get essential supplies, information and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.
Now you can help us by donating any amount you want with the help of Bitcoin Network."

Remember, WHO has been suffering non-stop cyberattacks since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic. One such example is the spreading of fake “WHO” COVID-19 app which is actually malware.

A look at the Bitcoin wallet address mentioned in the email revealed that scammers are using two wallets to run the campaign. One wallet accepts Bitcoin payments while the other accepts Bitcoin Cash, however, luckily both wallets are empty meaning so far no one has felt for the scam.

If you are donating, confirm before donating and stay attentive for each online transaction you are doing.
Already beware of this kind of froudsters, use anti-virus software, don’t open or respond to anonymous emails, and use VirusTotal to scan for malicious links and files.

As Covid-19 spreading all over the world, so please stay safe, take care of everyone and watch our blogs at to know more about online cyber activities and to get protected from cyber attacks.
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