Cyber Crime

Exclusive: Scammers using fake WHO Bitcoin wallet to steal donation

If there’s one thing we have learned from Coronavirus or Covid19 pandemic is that cybercriminals seek to turn every disaster into an opportunity to make quick bucks. Last week, it was reported that scammers have been selling non-existing ventilators along with fake Coronavirus vaccines and testing kits.

Now, has learned that scammers are disguising as representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) to scam unsuspecting users into giving away money in name of donation to the organization. 

To do so, 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.

Here is a full preview of the email being sent by scammers:

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.

To conclude, if you are on the Internet you are vulnerable to all sorts of cyberattacks, therefore, watch out, be vigilant and only make a donation through official websites. It is also noteworthy that just a few days ago hackers were caught running a fake NHS website to spread malware and steal cryptocurrency from victims’ devices.

Moreover, use anti-virus software, don’t open or respond to anonymous emails, and use VirusTotal to scan for malicious links and files.

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