Unknown individuals under the guise of the Solidarity Fund of the World Health Organization are collecting donations in bitcoins allegedly to fight against coronavirus. Sophos security researcher Chester Wisniewski posted a screenshot of the attacker’s email.
Spammers and scammers are now impersonating the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Don’t donate Bitcoin to crooks… Send the money to the real deal at //t.co/ZIJBjsRjuR pic.twitter.com/M9RFnfORti
— Chester Wisniewski (@chetwisniewski) March 18, 2020
In their report, the scammers claim that the funds will go to study the virus, purchase tests, and provide assistance to patients and medical workers.
WHO did organize a Solidarity Fund to raise funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and is accepting donations on the organization’s official page only in fiat currency. The fund has already been supported by Facebook and Google.
Be vigilant and always check the information about who you are going to send money to.
Earlier, bitcoin ransomware created an Android application in the guise of a coronavirus tracker. Cases of fraudulent offers to purchase medical masks for cryptocurrency are also known.