What you need to know
- Scammers are reportedly preying on the UK's upcoming contact tracing app.
- UK mobile users are receiving malicious texts, falsely stating they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms.
- The attack could be used to steal personal information, or compromise bank accounts.
A report suggests that scammers have already starting targeting UK mobile users with fake, malicious contact tracing warnings before the UK's contact tracing app has even been released to the public.
As Independent reports:
The message in question reportedly states:
The message includes a website link, encouraging people to submit personal information.
The UK's contact tracing app remains in the very early stages of testing, and has only been issued to members of the public in the Isle of Wight. As such, no one else in the UK could possibly have been in contact with someone in this manner, because the app hasn't been released yet. If you receive a text of this nature, you should absolutely not click on any links, or hand over any personal information. The text messages were spotted by the UK's Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and the report notes that they "appear as though they were sent by an official source associated with the app." CTSI lead officer Katherine Hart stated:
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Nothing new really, this happens all the time, now they're just using the virus as a way to convince people
Sigh. People suck. And yet another reason to use Apple and Google's solution.
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