The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of ongoing Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks that impersonate the organization with the end goal of stealing information and delivering malware.
"Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information," the United Nations agency says in the Coronavirus scam alert.
"WHO is aware of suspicious email messages attempting to take advantage of the 2019 novel coronavirus emergency."
The phishing messages are camouflaged to appear as being sent by WHO officials and ask the targets to share sensitive info like usernames and passwords, redirect them to a phishing landing page via malicious links embedded in the emails, or ask them to open malicious attachments containing malware payloads.
"If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be from WHO, verify their authenticity before responding," says the WHO.