On the net fraudsters have reacted rapidly to information of a potentially new serious COVID-19 variant, with a carefully crafted phishing email marketing campaign, in accordance to observers.
Purchaser legal rights group Which? noticed the email, which is created to appear as if despatched from the NHS, and urges recipients to get a new PCR test for the Omicron variant.
Two individual variations of the similar email aspect a url and a genuine-seeking “get it now” button.
“The phony email was also despatched to a Which? member from ‘NHS Customer Service’ using the email handle ‘contact-nhs[AT]nhscontact.com.’ This email tackle may perhaps seem to be genuine, but it has practically nothing to do with the real NHS,” Which? explained.
“As properly as falsely proclaiming that the new COVID variant involves new exam kits, the email invitations visitors to check out the web-site proven in the over picture. But clicking the backlink takes you to the correct web handle – ‘healt-support-nh.com’ — which is a copycat of the NHS web site set up just times in the past.”
The phishing web-site then asks consumers to enter their entire identify, day of start, address, mobile quantity, and email address, as properly as their mother’s maiden name – which scammers could use to craft stick to-on identification fraud attacks.
It also asks for a small payment of £1.24 for ‘delivery’ – presumably, if users carry on with this they will also have their bank card details stolen.
Which? noted the fraud to the Nationwide Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Company, which has been very common during the pandemic.
According to the NCSC, it accrued 5.9 million reports around the past calendar year, main to the removal of additional than 53,000 frauds and 96,500 destructive URLs.
At the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, in April 2020, Google claimed to be blocking over 240 million COVID-themed spam messages every single day and 18 million malware and phishing emails.
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