I received a text message this afternoon from a number ending in 505 6489 infrming me that I had been exposed to someone with Covid-19 and telling me I was required to take immediate action. A link to health-care-uk.com was given to order a PCR test.
When I tried to forward the text message to my email it was blocked as having a potentially harmful attachment. Already suspicious of the mobile numbler and the fact that it was not an NHS website I went separately to the website that looks genuine but eventually asks for name, address, mobile and then bank details for 99p postage on the otherwise free PCR test.
Clearly this exploits people who may panic at the news of exposure.
The BBC has published a warning from the NHS:
The NHS is warning about widespread scam text messages telling recipients they have been in close contact with a Covid case.
"We've seen reports of fake NHS text messages about ordering Omicron Covid-19 test kits," it tweeted.
The aim of the messages appears to be harvesting financial and personal information.