Fake NHS scam discovered by police as Covid numbers rise
Thames Valley Police are issuing a warning after a rise in Covid scams were discovered in people’s inboxes.
Due to a spike in cases of the Omicron variant, more and more people in Berkshire have sought out test kits which are sometimes not readily available in some cases.
The scammers sent test messages posing as the NHS asking you to order a test kit.
This link which will supposedly take you to the NHS website to order a test kit, could download adware or spyware to your device.
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The dubious URL is from a particular number claiming to be a tracing notification according to Which!.
Who ! The website said: “The text message pretends to be a tracing notification and tells you that you have been exposed to the Omicron variant Covid-19 and need to be tested.
“Reports of this scam show that the message originated from 07874269207, 07874285262 and 07874284325.
“The message says: ‘We have been notified that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (Omicron). Please order mandatory testing via: [health-department-uk.com].’
A Maidenhead TVP officer said: “There is now a much easier way to tell us about scams directly with our scam sharing tool. Tell us about your experiences with phishing emails, fake text messages, cold calls and other types of fraud. »