Written by Katherine Ludwig
A tweet from eHealth Saskatchewan shared a warning for people to look out for a text message scam that relates to COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
In the text message, it says that there's information regarding an appointment for a 3rd dose of the vaccine. It includes a link and prompts the phone user to click it for the fake information it's offering.
Below is the tweet from the eHealth Saskatchewan Twitter page:
Don't click that link!— eHealth Saskatchewan (@eHealthSask) January 14, 2022
We're aware of a text message scam re COVID-19 vaccinations. The text poses as an online vax scheduling website contacting you re your 3rd dose. Do not tap on the malicious link, which could infect your device. https://t.co/A8QgxpHhNm pic.twitter.com/GXOXM79OOX
The link may ask the user to download software that would include malware that will hack into the user's private files and settings. Malware can be used for crimes like identity fraud because it gives the hacker access to passwords and information such as your banking details and online account credentials.
According to the eHealth Saskatchewan website, there are warning signs and ways to protect users from fraudulent text messages. Users should beware of unsolicited text messages and emails from individuals or organizations asking them to tap or click on a link or attachment. Spelling mistakes in unsolicited messages are usually a giveaway sign that the message is fraudulent. Verify the hyperlink behind the link's text or button by hovering over the text with your mouse or finger.
Do not tap or click on links or attachments in unsolicited messages as they can contain viruses or spyware. Users should contact the agency where the message supposedly came from to verify the legitimacy of the text or email.
Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.