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Phishing Scam update

Alert message sent 06/05/2020 11:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


Action Fraud have received almost 10000 reports of the sextortion email phishing scam during April this year.  The scam was first noticed back in July 2018 and continues to crop up in our area. The email contains one of the recipients own passwords, often in the subject line, and demands payment to prevent videos of the victim being shared to their contacts.  Full details of the scam can be found here https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fraudsters-send-victims-own-passwords-in-sextortion-scam

The advice from Action Fraud is:

“If you receive an email that threatens you, your family, or your property in any way, and asks you to make a Bitcoin payment, don’t take the bait.”
  • Do not reply to the email or click on any links contained within it. Instead, report it to report@phishing.gov.uk and then delete it.
  • Do not be tempted to make the Bitcoin payment. Doing so may encourage the criminal to contact you again for more money.
  • If you have made the Bitcoin payment, then report it to your local police force by calling 101.
For more information, visit: actionfraud.police.uk/sextortion

There are several other phishing emails in circulation at the moment so if you receive an email you believe to be of this type do not respond to it and send it to

report@phishing.gov.uk

The National Cyber Crime Security Centre recently launched this service and they managed to shut down 395 phishing sites in the first week they operated.

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Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire)

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