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Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO

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Health Desk-15 July, 2020: Hackers and cyber scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by sending fraudulent email and WhatsApp messages that attempt to trick you into clicking on malicious links or opening attachments.

These actions can reveal your user name and password, which can be used to steal money or sensitive information, WHO said in its website.

If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be WHO, verify their authenticity before responding.

The World Health Organization will--

never ask for your username or password to access safety information

never email attachments you didn’t ask for

never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel

never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email.

Be on alert when you receive an email with any link or attachments containing any reference to WHO. It might be a cyberattack.

The only call for donations WHO has issued is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.  Any other appeal for funding or donations that appears to be from WHO is a scam.

Beware that criminals use email, websites, phone calls, text messages, and even fax messages for their scams over COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.