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Criminals are pretending to be the government, World Health Organization; here's what to watch out for

Here's how cyber criminals are using COVID-19 to try to fool you.

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Cyber criminals are preying on our hope for a COVID-19 cure and are now pretending to be government agencies to fool people.

Our National Investigative Unit has obtained a new report showing exactly how Americans are being duped.

Chief National Investigative Correspondent Mark Albert shows how a spoof email — falsely saying it's from the World Health Organization — claims to talk about the novel coronavirus.

It tells the reader "donations support our work to ensure patients get the care they need."

Then, it asks people to "help by donating any amount."

But it's a COVID-19 scam, says Mark Ostrowski at Check Point Software Technologies.

"People are getting taken advantage of. We've seen that specifically in the numbers," he says, adding that as the pandemic gets worse, so are the cases of people preying on us.

His firm provided new research to the national investigative unit that shows phishing campaigns impersonating the WHO, United Nations, and other official organizations are soaring.

They found a 30% jump in coronavirus-related cyber attacks per week over the past three weeks.

And nearly one out of every five (17%) new coronavirus-related web domains registered in past three weeks are "malicious or suspicious."

To help fight back, the National Cyber Security Alliance has launched a COVID-19 Security Resource Library with tips and recommendations for online safety.

"So if you do get that email and you are eager to give, go to their official site," Kevin Coleman of the National Cyber Security Alliance said. "Absolutely do not click on that email."

And now the U.S. Justice Department wants your help.

Its ads are being promoted on social media like the above fraud alert, warning about criminals "attempting to exploit COVID-19" by "selling fake cures or vaccines" while posing as the government.

And the DOJ posts a phone number and website to file a complaint.

On Thursday, the IRS, Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service and the Treasury Department issued a joint alert to be on the lookout for cyber scams seeking to steal your coronavirus stimulus payments.