Coronavirus (COVID-19)—New contact tracing app open to phishing scam

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—New contact tracing app open to phishing scam

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has announced that it has received evidence of a phishing scam themed around the new contact tracing app that is currently being tested in the Isle of Wight in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although the app has not yet been released nationally, members of the public have received texts informing them that they had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus. The CTSI confirms that the message contains a link to a fraudulent website that requests personal data, which scammers can use to gain access to bank accounts and commit other forms of identity fraud. The CTSI Lead Officer, Katherine Hart, has insisted that recipients of the fraudulent messages ‘should not click on any accompanying links, and report them to Action Fraud’.

Source: New COVID-19 contact tracing app open to fraud

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