Email Scams and Fraud

Rural Watch Scam Alerts

Take care…there are a couple of scams doing the rounds on the run up to Christmas. There is lots of information about scams and how to avoid them on the Action Fraud website, which is always an interesting read. They can be found at www.actionfraud.police.uk

1 Scam Speeding email


Action Fraud has received thousands of reports about fake emails purporting to be from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) that claim you were caught speeding.

Analysis of the reports shows the emails have been sent by cyber criminals to victims across the UK and not just in the GMP area.

The emails claim that GMP are notifying you about a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) and have photographic evidence that you failed to adhere to the speed limit at specific date, time and location.

This is of course not true, but it goes on to say that because you have been named as a driver of the vehicle you have a legal obligation to comply with the provisions of the notice.

The aim of these emails is to get you to click on the link to “check the photographic evidence” which leads to banking trojan malware.

NIP’s are never sent by email, they are always sent through the post using a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) registered address

2 Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails to victims that claim a package is waiting for them at their local sorting office.

The emails are similar to the ones we alerted to December but this time fraudsters are hoping that email recipients are waiting for a delivery and download the attachment to find out more.

One victim, who contacted our call centre, downloaded the attachment and unwittingly installed Cryptolocker on her computer. Once installed CryptoLocker works by encrypting victims personal files such as, photos, music, office documents and then demands payment.

Infected users have a time limit to send the payment. If this time elapses, the private key is destroyed, and your personal files may be lost forever.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments.

You can report any scam or fraudulent activity on the action fraud website.

As usual….

Kind regards

Steph

Pcso Steph Annette 6440
Bromyard Police Station
New Road
Bromyard
HR7 4AJ
101 ext 61220
07970602354
stephanie.annette@westmercia.pnn.police.uk