Omicron COVID-19 phishing threat
People are interested in the spreading of the new variant, the efficiency of the vaccines and the measures that will adopt the states to prevent its spreading, and threat actors are attempting to take advantage of this situation.
An Omicron COVID-19 campaign was spotted by UK authorities and the National Health Service (NHS) is warning about the Omicron COVID-19-themed phishing attacks.
SCAM OMICRON PCR EMAILS
Beware of fake NHS emails asking you to order a Omicron PCR test.Link goes to a fake NHS website. The NHS will:NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is freeNEVER ask for your bank detailsForward emails to Report@Phishing.Gov.UK pic.twitter.com/GcGB3C5dLI— Norfolk County Council Trading Standards (@NorfolkCCTS) November 30, 2021
@ukhsa advise of a #SCAM doing the rounds on social media purporting to offer #Omicron #PCRs #tscovid19This has been reported & will be taken down but it is likely there will be more instances before it is removed, & there are reports of people querying it at test sites. pic.twitter.com/IXZ1qPStq5— Dudley EHO – Play your part – #protectDudley (@myDudleyEHO) December 1, 2021These phishing messages offer a free Omicron PCR test that will allegedly allow recipients to avoid restrictions. One of the samples shared by UK’s consumer protection organization ‘Which?’ and published by BleepingComputer were sent by the email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ in the attempt to make emails more credible.
Upon clicking on the link embedded into the message, recipients are redirected to a fake NHS website where to apply for a “COVID-19 Omicron PCR test.”
What they do
The recipients have to fill a form with their data (name, date of birth, home address, mobile phone number, and email address), some security questions (i.e. mother’s maiden name), and finalize the procedure by making a payment of £1.24 ($1.65).
Clearly, the scammers aim at stealing the payment details of the recipients while making the payment.
Authorities are urging the citizens to be aware of suspicious emails or text messages that may be asking for financial details (i.e. credit card data, banking data). The NHS never asks for financial details in legitimate email correspondence.
“The NHS will: NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free NEVER ask for your bank details.”
Users that will receive suspicious messages can report them at “email@example.com”.
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