WHO observed that criminals are attempting to take advantage of vulnerable people by professing as the door to door ‘coronavirus testers’.

Well, the police have declared a warning, after news that peoples have attempted to wrongfully gain entrance to homes, by portraying to offer tests for Covid-19.

They have emphasized that this is a scam, and no one genuine in providing tests by cold calling at homes.

Thus, sharing information on social media, GMP’s city center division wrote: “Sadly, there are reports online that people may be taking advantage of the vulnerable, by acting as door-to-door Covid-19 testers to obtain access to your home.

Thus, criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to earn money or delicate information. Therefore, if you are contacted by a person or organization that resembles to be from WHO, firstly, check their authenticity before replying.”

However, The only call for donations WHO has announced is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Any further request for funding or donations that seems to be from WHO is a scam. Always beware that criminals mostly utilize email, websites, phone calls, text messages, and also fax messages for their various scams.

You can verify if communication is legit by contacting the WHO directly. Moreover, the things that the WHO (World Health Organization) will never ask and here they are:-

  • They will not ask you for your username or password to access safety information.
  • They will never charge money to implement for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel.
  • They will never email attachments you didn’t ask for.
  • They will not ask you to attend a link outside of www.who.int. 
  • They never manage lotteries or offer prizes, awards, certificates, or funding through email.

Well, WHO is aware of significant and unusual email messages endeavoring to take advantage of the COVID-19 pressure. Thus, this false action is known as phishing. Hence, these “Phishing” emails seem to be from WHO and will claim you to:-

  • Provide delicate information, just as usernames or passwords.
  • Tap on a malicious link.
  • Initiate a malicious attachment.
  • Utilizing this method, criminals can install malware or hijack sensitive information. 

How to Prevent Phishing?

Hence, we have simply provided here some general steps to prevent phishing. Now without wasting any time let’s have look at the steps that we have mentioned below:-

  • Firstly, check the link before you click.
  • Then, verify the sender by checking their email address.
  • Do not rush or feel under pressure.
  • If you gave sensitive information, don’t panic.
  • Always be careful before providing personal information.
  • If you see a scam, then simply report it.

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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.