The surge is not over yet. As the UK comes to grips with the effects of the current wave of COVID-19, fraudsters have exploited the pandemic and created new hoaxes that just like the virus, trigger the vulnerable.
Unfortunately, older adults, particularly those who are undergoing cognitive decline and are socially isolated from loved ones, are more likely to be the target of COVID-19-related phone or internet scammers.
In fact, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) recently issued a warning to the public about a wave of fake messages sent out as SMS text messages, falsely informing recipients that they had been exposed to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The NHS stated in a tweet that it had received reports of text messages purportedly from the NHS informing recipients that they had been in close contact with someone who had a confirmed COVID-19 infection and that they should order a testing kit.
So, what happens if you make the mistake of clicking on the link in the falsified text message?
The real NHS website is at nhs.uk, but the scammers obviously don’t want you to go there. Instead, the link sent to you by the scammers takes you to a website that looks like it belongs to the NHS.