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Phishing

Phishing is a term used to describe a type of fraud using unsolicited emails offering services, goods or opportunities to unsuspecting victims. They also sometimes try to bully or threaten the intended victim into parting with money and personal data. 

The following describes some of the methods previously used by fraudsters but new, convincing techniques are emerging all the time.

  • NHS England scam - April 2019 - Emails have been sent purporting to be from NHS England, asking the recipients to pay into a bank account to support the NHS. Hackers are sending a new COVID 19 email titled "You are infected". Recipients are asked to download an infected Excel document attached to the email and proceed to the nearest emergency health clinic for testing. Locally we have been made aware of the below email that shows that even the least sophisticated of the scammers are jumping on the Covid19 bandwagon.
  • TV Licence scam - Over 100 reports were sent to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) of phishing emails claiming to be from TV Licencing between 10-13 April 2020. It is believed that they are attempting to steal the recipient’s personal and financial details through a fraudulent link.
  • Sextortion scam - There have been recent incidents where victims have received an email threatening them with releasing a compromising video of them at their computer unless they send $3500 worth of bitcoin. Some of the intended victims didn’t even have web cams! It would appear to be a randomly targeted email. 

The Government have launched a Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS)  you can report any suspicious emmails by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk.

Visit the SERS website for further information: www.ncsc.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails

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