Beware of scammers offering fake Omicron variant tests

Published Monday 6 December 2021 at 12:54

Don’t fall prey to scammers posting on social media to offer tests for the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Social media posts are circulating asking people to ‘Apply now for an Omicron PCR test to avoid restrictions’. They include a link to a fake NHS website which may ask for payment or bank details.

There is currently no NHS test being offered specifically aimed at the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Anyone who spots social media posts or receives emails offering Omicron Coronavirus tests should forward them to

Coun Quesir Mahmood, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Digital & Customer Services, said:

“It really is despicable that scammers take every opportunity they can to trick people out of money and to get their personal details.

At this time, with heightened concerns about the new Covid variant, there may well be people who fall prey to such a scam as this.

As with all scams, it’s important to remember: if it doesn’t feel right or raises your suspicions, be cautious and don’t give away your personal information, including bank details.

Once these fraudsters have your details, they can commit identity theft, take money from your account, or pass them on to organised crime networks, so it’s vital you don’t reply and report them as soon as possible.

Information on how to get a PCR test if you have Covid symptoms or are a close-contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid can be found at You can also visit the national site or call NHS 119.

There is good advice on how to recognise a scam and what to do on the Citizens Advice website.

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