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Phishers are abusing the Omicron COVID-19 variant

As you may know, a new covid variant called Omicron has recently begun to spread.

November 26, 2021 WHO, on the advice of WHO, has designated a concerned mutant strain B.1.1.529 named Omicron. Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE). This decision was based on the evidence presented in TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that can affect its behavior. Here is a summary of what is currently known.

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Omicron is concerned because of its high infectivity and the potential ineffectiveness of current vaccines against its changes.

What’s happening?

The advent of the Omicron COVID-19 variant was rapidly exploited by phishing attackers. Phishing attackers are using it as a bait for malicious email manipulation. Malicious actors quickly adapt to the latest trends and popular issues. Instilling fear in an individual is a great technique for opening emails without thinking.

NS Bleeping Computer Report, Consumer Protection Organization “Which?” In the UK, an example of a new phishing email has been revealed that claims to be from the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) warning about the new Omicron version.

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How Does Scam Work?

The email claims to provide the recipient with a free Omicron PCR test and avoid the restrictions.

The email in question came from the malicious address “contact-nhs@nhscontact.com” used for distribution.

When the recipient clicks the embedded “Get Now” button or taps the URL in the body of the email, it will be sent to a fake NHS website claiming to offer the “COVID-19 Omicron PCR Test”.

Victims are then asked to provide their name, date of birth, home address, mobile phone number, and email address.

Finally, they are asked to pay £ 1.24 ($ 1.65). This is intended to cover the cost of delivering test results.

The purpose is not to steal the money itself, but to steal the victim’s payment information such as electronic banking passwords and credit card information.

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Phishers are abusing the Omicron COVID-19 variant

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