A message falsely warns users they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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:
A text scam is trying to scare people into believing they could have contracted COVID-19.
The false message tells them that they have been near someone who has shown symptoms for the disease and that they should get tested.