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Beware Coronavirus email scams!

Beware email purporting to be from the WHO (World Health Organisation), CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, North America) and the United Nations (UN).

In its blog, Facing down the myriad threats tied to COVID-19, Sophos reports that the volume of COVID-19 and coronavirus email scams nearly tripled in the third week of March, with cybercriminals impersonating the WHO, CDC and other healthcare organisations and distributing malware via documents disguised as official information on how to stay safe during the pandemic.

Another tactic is to impersonate charities and relief organisations like the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to trick victims into sending them Bitcoin.

Sophos Principal Research Scientist Chester Wisniewski said: “With global spam volumes estimated to be in the hundreds of billions, for 2-3% of those to be COVID-19 themed is significant.”

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