The new strain of coronavirus, Omicron, has prompted fresh opportunities for cyber security hackers to target vulnerable people through fake emails.
In the days following the announcement of Omicron, a fake email posing as being from the NHS has been seen in circulation, claiming individuals must “order” their new PCR test that works with the new variant. This is false. There is no such test. Guidance from the NHS continues to advise booking a free PCR test if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is positive.
The fake email, which deceptively appears to be sent from an official NHS email account, also includes a link to a fake NHS website. The NHS has publicly confirmed that the email is a scam via twitter.
“Beware of fake NHS emails asking you to order 'an Omicron PCR test'… We never ask for bank details, so please be aware of suspicious emails or text messages.”
To learn more about how to protect yourself from scam emails, texts, websites and calls, visit the National Cyber Security Centre website.