“COVID-19 Compensation Lottery Prize” Scam, Falsely Alleges Association with WHO and Others
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been made aware of correspondence disseminated by con artists (acting as Capital Finance, Inc. London), falsely informing the recipients of such correspondence that they have been selected as a beneficiary / winner. a Payment of a lottery compensation prize of $ 1 million for loss and damage suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These fraudulent correspondence falsely allege that the so-called “COVID-19 Lottery Compensation Prize” is offered to you by the WHO, in association with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
These scammers, who claim to be a financial management company in London, falsely state that they have been appointed by the WHO to process the “COVID-19 Lottery Clearing Prize” payment. Additionally, these scams seek to obtain personal information and, in some cases, money from the recipients of such fraudulent correspondence, including (but not limited to) asking recipients to urgently send to the fraudsters : (1) a copy of the recipient’s passport or identity document, (2) their nationality, (3) their profession, and (4) the postal address, email address and telephone number of the recipient. recipient, in order to enable fraudsters to process the fraudulent payment of the lottery clearing price.
WHO seeks to warn the general public that the “COVID-19 Lottery Compensation Prize” is a fraudulent scam falsely carried out on behalf of the WHO through various channels (e.g., by email, from websites such as www.capitalfinanceinc.net, etc.). In this regard, WHO wishes to clarify to the public the following:
- The “COVID-19 Lottery Compensation Prize” is a scam;
- According to our records, WHO has never appointed or entered into a contractual relationship with an entity by the name of Capital Finance, Inc .;
- WHO is not involved or in any way associated with the fraudulent “Covid-19 Lottery Compensation Prize” scam;
- WHO does not offer or hold lottery prizes to compensate individuals, whose names or contact details are allegedly selected at random, for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
- WHO does not organize lotteries and does not offer prizes, funds, certificates, bank cards and / or automatic teller machines (ATM), or compensation for Internet fraud;
- WHO does not require individuals to provide their bank accounts and / or other personal information such as copies of passports or identity cards, postal addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or occupations.
WHO strongly recommends that recipients of correspondence such as those described above exercise extreme caution with regard to such correspondence and solicitations. The public should be aware that identity theft and / or financial loss could result from the transfer of personal information or money to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence. Victims of such scams are encouraged to report the scams to their local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.
WHO calls on the public to remain vigilant against fraudulent emails and recommends the use of reliable sources to obtain factual information on COVID-19 and other health issues.