Garda warn public of smishing scam impersonating ‘close contact’ COVID texts from HSE
Garda have advised the public to be wary of any similar text messages
Garda have warned the public of a smishing scam impersonating the HSE.
The text message, purporting to be from the HSE states “You have been in close contact with someone who has contracted the Omicron Variant.”
The message then asks the recipient to visit a malicious website to order a PCR testing Kit.
The term 'smishing' is a combination of the communication means used in the scam - SMS - and 'phishing', the term used to describe the criminal act of trying to extract banking and personal details from a victim by purporting to be representing a reputable company.
An Garda Siochána has issued a warning to the public of the 'smishing' scam that is circulating recently that is impersonating a message from the HSE.
The link then directs to a website that looks legitimate and is similar to the HSE website.
People are then presented with an information page, which has a booking option at the end.
Upon selecting ‘Book Now’, targets of the scam will be directed to a personal details page that asks to fill in private information and select ‘Continue’, before being taken to the next page.