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World Health Organisation phishing scam

13 Feb 2020 12:00pm

SA Police are warning of a phishing email which is circulating which claims to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A recent phishing email detected purports to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and contains a button to seek more information regarding safety measures to protect yourself from the Coronavirus.

Clicking on the button contained within the email will take the user to a phishing website. This website appears to be a legitimate WHO page.

This phishing page will prompt the user to enter personal details, including their email address and password. These details can then be used by cybercriminals to steal the user's identity.

Phishing is an attempt to commit identity theft by obtaining sensitive, private information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by disguising the attempt in a manner that appears to be from a trustworthy entity.

Phishing emails often contain spelling and grammatical mistakes which would not be expected from the organisation from which the email was supposedly sent.

Take the time to think before following links or clicking on buttons contained within emails. Be open to the possibility that it could be a phishing or scam email.

For more information about phishing scams, visit the Scamwatch website here:

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