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WHO warns of widespread Covid-19 $1-million-dollar compensation scam

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  • The World Health Organization has warned that scammers are distributing fake messages, in their name, notifying recipients that they have been selected as beneficiaries of a fund for coronavirus pandemic damages

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that scammers, operating under the name of Capital Finance Inc., London, are distributing messages falsely notifying recipients that they have been selected as beneficiaries of a $1 million compensation fund for losses and damages suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Supposedly, the 'Covid-19 Lottery Compensation Prize' is being offered by the WHO, in association with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

WHO explains that the scammers, who claim to be a London financial management company, claim that they have been designated by the World Health Organization to process the payment of this award. The fraudsters will try to obtain personal data and, in some cases, money from the recipients, asking the recipients to urgently send the scammers a copy of their passport or proof of identification of the recipient, their nationality, their occupation, and the postal address, email address and phone number of the recipient, so that the scammers can 'process the payment' of the fake prize.

In a statement the World Health Organization warns the public that the 'Covid-19 Lottery Compensation Prize' is a fraudulent scam that is being falsely claiming to be on behalf of WHO, and being distributed through different channels including email and internet web sites.

The international health body recommends that recipients of this type of message "exercise extreme caution with regard to such correspondence and requests."

“The public should be aware that the transfer of personal information or money to the senders of such fraudulent correspondence may result in identity theft or financial loss. Victims of these scams are encouraged to report them to the local police authorities so that they can take appropriate action," it adds.