Sick coronavirus scammers send hoax email saying they will ‘fund vaccine’

A fraudulent email claiming to be from the World Health Organisation has been sent to individuals asking them to donate money to fund a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Opportunist scammers have put out an email posing as the World Health Organisation.

The fraudsters are asking people to donate money to the organisation, claiming it will go towards research for a vaccine of the coronavirus which has killed 1, 383 people and infected 64,464 globally.

It claims the “World Health Organisation” are requesting £675 million in global contributions to fight the spread of the disease.

The email asks recipients to “get back to us” if you would like to donate and is signed from the WHO Director-General.

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It reads: "Good day,

"This message is coming from world health organisation to reach out to individuals who will like to donate for the research of vaccine for coronavirus in order to stop the virus before it spread globally.

“World Health Organization’s we are requesting for £675 million in global Contribution to fight the spread of the disease.

“The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) origination in Wuhan, China, has spread to 25 more countries alarming public health authorities across the world.

“Kindly get back to us if you will like to donated."

The email also adorns the WHO insignia and includes links to the agency's social media channels.

It is unclear how many people the email has been sent to or if anyone has fallen for the scam.

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The World Health Organisation have told Daily Star Online that the email did not originate from the United Nations agency and is completely fake.

The agency declined to comment but wanted to reassure the public that it is fighting against the over-abundance of accurate and inaccurate information about the virus.

WHO has partnered with social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Tencent (equivalent of WeChat in China) and Tiktok to do so.

It said it also tracks myths and rumours about the virus and has advised people to look at its Q&As on the coronavirus.

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