Threat actors have responded quickly to the Omicron COVID-19 variant’s emergence, and it is now used as a lure in malicious email assaults. Increasing people’s worries is a great way to get them to rush to open an email without first weighing the consequences.
In this instance, the COVID-19 Omicron variety is a new variant of COVID-19 that researchers are wary of because of its high transmissibility and the potential ineffectiveness of existing vaccines against its changes.
This all makes it an ideal target for phishing, since even those who have been vaccinated are concerned about how Omicron might affect them if they get sick.
The UK’s consumer protection agency ‘Which?’ recently issued two examples of purported new phishing emails from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) warning about the newest Omicron variant, which is being distributed by email.
These emails claim that they will provide a free Omicron PCR test to people who want to get around restrictions.
The fraudulent address used for sending these emails is ‘email@example.com,’ which implies there’s no need to worry about it being a legitimate email from NHS Contact.
If the recipient clicks on the “Get it now” button or taps the URL in the email body, they are directed to a phony website that claims to provide the “COVID-19 Omicron PCR test.”
After that, they are instructed to provide their complete name, birth date, home address, mobile phone number, and email address.
Finally, they are asked to pay $1.65, which is supposed to cover the test results’ delivery fee.
As a result, the thieves run away with both the money itself and any payment information that was entrusted to them, such as e-banking credentials or credit card numbers.
During this stage, the victim is also asked to input their mother’s name, which may be utilized by actors later in an attempt to bypass security questions when taking over a new account.
What to Do If You’ve Been Scammed
Contact your bank as soon as possible and terminate any compromised cards/accounts if you believe you have submitted your information to a fraudulent website. Keep an eye on your bank accounts for any unusual activity. Examine any purchases for signs of irregular payments.
Contact Micropac if you have any cybersecurity questions. at micropactech.com