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Alert message sent 04/05/2020 20:55:00

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Good evening one and all. These past few weeks have been a great strain for many people during the 'Lock Down' especially for those who have lost loved ones. In addition we have seen a huge increase in the way that criminals are looking to add more misery to our lives by the increase in scams etc and with this in mind I'd like to share the following information with you in the hope it may prove to be of some use.

The National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ – the Government's cyber and security agency) has launched a suspicious email reporting service to take phishing scams down – all you have to do is forward suspicious emails to its report@phishing.gov.uk email address.

Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message.

What is phishing?

Phishing is when criminals try to convince you to click on links within a scam email or text message, or to give sensitive information away (such as bank details). Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords

The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details).
These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

Have you spotted a suspicious email?

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):  report@phishing.gov.uk

The message might be from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it.

Your report of a phishing email will help us to act quickly, protecting many more people from being affected.

In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive.

If you continue to have problems then please contact us so we can investigate it further.

As a result of your reports, 395 phishing sites* were successfully removed from the internet within a week of launching. Thank you to everyone who has helped and please keep reporting suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk.

Kind regards and stay safe.
Joe Murray QPM
 
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Joseph Murray (NHWN, Administrator, Cumbria)

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