BEWARE! Cybercriminals luring people offering free Omicron test, warns MHA

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New Delhi: As the country continues to witness a surge in Omicron cases, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an advisory against cybercriminals targeting potential victims, asking them to trace the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Free trial is offered for .

The advisory issued by the Department of Cyber ​​and Information Security, MHA, states: “Cyber ​​criminals are taking advantage of undermining cyber security due to the focus on the health crisis. Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to defraud citizens. .Nowadays there are cybercrimes with ommicron variant themed.increasing every day.Cyber ​​criminals are adopting variety of tactics to carry out cybercrime to take advantage of the rapidly evolving situation to deceive innocent victims Huh.”

In addition, it is mentioned that fraudsters send emails regarding PCR tests for Omicron with attached malicious links and malicious files.

“Government and private health services are being imitated (eg their names are used as senders) in an attempt to scam innocent citizens. Fake ones created by fraudsters tricking potential victims into clicking on links. Websites are pointed out that look similar to government/private health services, where citizens can apply for COVID-19 omicron PCR test.”

“The lure of a free Omicron PCR test that allows citizens to evade Omicron-related restrictions imposed by governments is presented to potential victims. Cybercriminals use this tool to commit cyber crimes such as financial cyber fraud, identity theft, etc. Get personal details and banking credentials through this method.

Meanwhile, the government advised people to check domain names and URLs to check the authenticity of the websites and report any such incidents on cybercrime.gov.in portal.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MoHFW), India’s omicron case count has crossed 1,200. (ANI)

First published:December 31, 2021, 6:21 pm

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