omicron: test lure Omicron: empty bank accounts | Ahmedabad News

AHMEDABAD: If you respond to an email promising a free Omicron test, you risk letting cyber crooks infect your device and drain your bank account.
A senior police officer said cyber criminals send emails with malicious links and files attached. If people open such a link or file, their system (mobile phone or computer) is compromised and criminals gain access to vital information.
Recently, the State Police Cyber ​​Cell issued an advisory on cyber crooks using the Omicron test lure.
In some cases, when someone wanting to get a free test clicks on a link, bank account information is innocuously searched for. Those who are gullible enough to divulge private information have their accounts emptied, according to the notice issued by the cyber cell on December 30.
In many cases, people ended up sharing their details with fraudsters and losing their money during this crisis, a police officer said. The officer said a formal complaint has yet to be filed regarding such instances of cheating.
“In most cases people receive an email which appears to be from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS),” the officer said. “The message offers the Omicron test.”
The email senders are also instilling fear by saying that if the test is not carried out, the recipient will be placed in isolation to prevent the spread of infection, the officer said.
“So people are lured in by a free test and threatened by the prospect of solitary confinement,” said another senior police officer. “Some people fall into the trap and are deceived.” State police sources said cybercriminals also go through a target’s browsing history and contact if information about the Omicron test was sought.
Additionally, cyber crooks use addresses that appear to be from private and government hospitals. Police are advising people to scrutinize domain names to verify the authenticity of websites and report suspicious activity to the cybercrime portal.

Shawanda H. Saldana