The National Health Service (NHS) has issued a warning about scam mails that ask recipients to pay for PCR testing after claiming contact with the Omicron strain.
According to sources, the NHS has sent out SMS alerts to anybody who have been in touch with someone who has tested positive for Covid. This has been reported in various places. The legislation also requires them to request and pay for a PCR test.
We have been notified that you have had close touch with a verified Omicron case,” or “You have had close contact with a person who has contracted the Omicron variety,” are two sentences that often occur in hoax emails.
Omicron Phishing Scam Text
The recipient is then sent to a URL where they may buy a PCR test, pay for shipping and shipment, or pay for the test itself. The terms “test and trace,” “swab, “health,” or even “NHS” may appear in the URL.
People who clicked on the link said the website was an exact duplicate of the NHS website.
Avoid clicking on the link in the Omicron scam text, and never provide personal information on a website you do not trust. Con artists may be seeking your personal information, including passwords and financial information.
The NHS has said that it has never asked consumers’ bank account information or provided free PCR testing in the past, and that these messages are false.
NHS Twitter Warning
Last week, the NHS issued a Twitter warning to be aware of fraudulent text messages claiming “you’ve been in touch with someone who has the Omicron strain.”
Be wary of strange communications that contain links to bogus websites. We never ask for bank account information.
After a Twitter user reported getting the SMS, the NHS stated, “It looks to be one of the scam text messages.”
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We would suggest care when spreading the message, since most people’s free PCR testing has usually ended by this point. It is a scam if the website it links you to requires payment for anything, including delivery.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advised the NHS on phishing and how to report a scam SMS.
According to the NCSC, the majority of phone carriers participate in a system that enables users to report questionable text messages to 7726 for free.
If you forward the text to 7726, your service provider may examine its origin and take measures to limit or ban the sender if it is deemed dangerous.
How to avoid Omicron Phishing Scam Text and Emails
Phishing scams are becoming more and more common, and they can be difficult to avoid. Here are a few tips to help you avoid falling victim to a Omicron scam text:
1. Be wary of any email or text message that asks you to click on a link or open an attachment. If you’re not expecting a message from the sender, be especially suspicious.
2. Don’t enter your username or password into anypop-up window that appears. Legitimate companies will never ask you for your password in this way.
3. If you’re not sure whether an email or text message is legitimate, contact the company directly to inquire. Do not reply to the message itself, as this could confirm your email address to the scammer.
By following these simple tips, you can help protect yourself from falling victim to a phishing scam.
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