Hackers are using Omicron Variant in phishing attempts. People are asked to be on high alert after the emergence of scam emails about the new Omicron Covid variant.
Scammers are already sending fake emails about the new strain in an attempt to steal personal data and bank details. These scammers have used similar tactics throughout the global pandemic, often preying on vulnerable people via phone calls, texts, and e-mails. The latest scam falsely claims that the new Omicron variant requires ‘new test kits’ and invites victims to a fake website.
- This message contains a strange and suspicious email domain.
- The message seeks to entice the reader with a surprising offer of an Omicron test.
- The message tells the recipient to follow a link contained in the message.
- Hovering over this link reveals an unknown URL, directing users somewhere other than where the email says it will go.
The following phishing guidance applies to the threats described above along with and other common types of email phishing. As a general rule, be cautious if you receive any suspicious messages. Protect yourself by remaining calm and evaluating the message using the following safety tips.
These scams are not uncommon. These phish actors tend to target fear and intimidation factors to push urgency. Doing so creates less time for critical thinking and often ends with the mistakes of clicking a bad link or following false instructions. But what should you do if you receive a scam e-mail? We have a blog with tips to avoid falling victim to these phishing scams. You can find them here.
Winsor Consulting advises to never follow the links in unsolicited texts or emails and to always verify the senders’ email addresses and or links.
We also recommend:
- Forwarding phishing emails to the CISA Email: [email protected]
- Reporting fake websites to CISA
- Forwarding fake texts to 7726 (this spells SPAM on the keyboard)
As always, Winsor Consulting offers Cybersecurity services to hundreds of businesses across the United States. If you think your business may be vulnerable, feel free to schedule a free assessment with our team today.