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World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam


@Kimmy0221 wrote:
I got a invoice for $50 from the World Health Organization on my paypal accout today. I contacted paypal but I haven't heard anything.

Its not from the WHO. Its from some yahoo creating invoices and sending them to random Paypal users. There is no hack, your account isn't compromised. You don't have to do anything. Let it sit there and rot. 

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

So my invoice shows this web address. https://covid19responsefund.org/en/ (hyperlink removed. you can copy+paste to visit it)

 

Based on a bit of Googling, i found out that any other address other than the official link under www.who.int are all fake. The official link for Covid relief is this: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donate 

 

The official link is also mentioned on this release from Staffordshire Police - https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/sites/default/files/1.%20Cyber%20Advice%20Covid%2019.pdf 

 

Below is the screenshot of my Invoice with the scam web address. A who-is lookup shows that it's registered via Godaddy, who generally are good with taking down scammy sites. Maybe if enough people tweet to Godaddy?

 

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EDIT - had to add all the links again without the hyperlinks, as paypal just removes them!

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

Actually that web address appears to be real and legit and if you scroll down on that very page it tells you about this exact scam. So the invoice is fake but the website is real. Please note: There have been some cases reported of people fraudulently presenting themselves as WHO or the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and/or sending invoices requesting payment on behalf of the Fund. WHO, the UN Foundation, or the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation will never contact you for your credit card or banking details. Please see our FAQ to learn more about the ways you can legitimately give to the Fund. You may also report scams here.
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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

I received a $50 invoice claiming to be for the COVID relief fund from WHO. The account that sent the invoice has the name “Senia <removed>.” I tried disputing the invoice through the “Resolution Center” but PayPal does not allow me to do so citing their “User Agreement.” And it looks like I can’t get a hold of any human being from PayPal customer service to get any help.

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

I also just received an invoice from Senia <removed> for $50. I can’t cancel the invoice due to the User Agreement apparently and can’t contact anyone real at PayPal either.

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

I was able to cancel the invoice.

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

Wow how nice of you to come on a thread where 100 people are complaining about not being able to remove something and providing them so much detail about how you accomplished the task like what device you used and what app and what steps.. you're such a great person we should all just send you some PayPal money. 🙄 😡
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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

I got one from Senia too. What were the steps you took to cancel the invoice?

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

I received an invoice for $50 this morning too! I want it deleted altogether so it doesn’t accidentally get paid. Does anyone know how to do that?  UPDATE: I figured out how to delete it & also reported it to PayPal. Hopefully no one falls for this scam. Thanks for the thread & the help! 

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Re: World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

The Invoice can be canceled. Go to your Activity list.  You should see a cancel button.  You can include a nice message that is sent to the solicitor when you do.