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Fraudsters are trying to cash in on the new Omicron Covid variant by offering fake PCR tests.
The NHS has issued an urgent warning telling people not to click on links sent by the scammers - which go to a fake NHS website.
The scam sees people asked to enter their bank details for a PCR test, the Birmingham Mail reports.
A total of 22 cases of the new variant have so far been confirmed acros England and Scotland.
NHS UK said in a tweet: "Beware of fake NHS emails asking you to order 'an Omicron PCR test'. We never ask for bank details, so please be aware of suspicious emails or text messages."
The NHS directed people to the National Cyber Security Centre which offers guidance on scam emails, texts, websites and calls.
On the topic of scam emails, it said: " The purpose of a scam email is often to get you to click a link. This will take you to a website which might download a virus to your computer, or steal passwords or other personal information. This is sometimes known as 'phishing'.
"The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has the power to investigate and remove scam email addresses and websites. It's free to report a suspicious email to us and it only takes a minute.
"By reporting phishing attempts you can:
- reduce the amount of scam emails you receive
- make yourself a harder target for scammers
- protect others from cyber crime online"
It urged people not to click on links in suspicious emails and not to forward any that are in your spam or junk folder.
If you have received an email you are unsure about, forward it to [email protected]
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
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