TIAA Anti-Crime Specialists have been alerted to a new scam. Members of the public are receiving a text message stating that they have been in close contact with Omicron and need to book a PCR test. The text message contains a link to a ‘national health’ website which looks very much like the NHS website used to order lateral flow tests – but it is FAKE.
There are links at the bottom of the fake website to genuine NHS sites, no doubt to make you think the website is genuine. If you receive this text, ignore it and delete it, or forward to 7726 so that the origin of the text can be investigated.
How to protect your organisation from fraud:
- Stop and think before replying to any text message, or clicking on a link in the text
- Never give out personal or financial information unless you are sure that the request is genuine
- Criminals want to steal your personal information, your money, or download malware onto your device
- Following national guidance, forward any suspicious text message to 7726
This article provides information and advice to employees about fraud and economic crime, and the risks associated with it. If you have fallen victim to fraud or cybercrime you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime
For further discussion and support, including fraud awareness training services, please contact us