Chester Wisniewski, security specialist at Sophos, has said through his official Twitter account that a group of scammers are impersonating representatives of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund to collect donations in Bitcoins that, according to them, will be used to help fight the coronavirus.
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 https://t.co/ZIJBjsRjuR pic.twitter.com/M9RFnfORti— Chester Wisniewski (@chetwisniewski) March 18, 2020
He says the scammers claim the donations will be used to fund coronavirus research, the purchase of tests and assist patients and health workers.
Even though the World Health Organization has indeed created the Solidarity Response Fund to receive donations to fight the pandemic, it only accepts fiat donations.
This is not the first and unfortunately not the only scam that tries to take advantage of the spread of the coronavirus all over the world in order to steal money. For instance, just a few days ago iHodl reported a group of scammers had created the coronavirusapp to distribute the Android app Covidlock, which blocks the screens of users' devices and asks for a $100 payment in Bitcoins to have them unlocked.
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