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Phising/SPAM

1 May 2020 (by admin)

ICT are aware of a large increase in the number of scam and phishing emails purporting to come from legitimate sources such as WHO and the NHS amongst others. The following are just some of the examples of the format these bogus emails take:  

PAYROLL ADJUSTMENT – Asking you to click on a link to review your Payroll and Tax fillings

 

Fake lockdown fines - People have been warned not to fall for a bogus text message saying they have been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown. The scam message claims to be from the Government, telling the recipient their movements have been monitored through their phone and they must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty.

 

HMRC goodwill payment  The MET police are warning of a fake message designed to steal your account details that says ‘As part of the NHS promise to battle the COV-19 virus, HMRC has issued a payment of £258 as a goodwill payment

 

NHS Request for donations Claiming to be a nationwide appeal asking for donations to buy equipment etc

 

Free school meals - The Department for Education has issued warnings about a scam email designed to steal your bank details saying: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported

The above list is by no means exhaustive and you are reminded to be aware and alert to ALL scam emails regardless of the subject matter. Remember just because the sending email address looks genuine it doesn’t necessarily mean it is from that person / organisation.

 

NEVER disclose usernames and passwords.

NEVER click on links to websites contained within emails without first hovering your mouse over the link and checking it is going to a bone fide website.

NEVER disclose bank details or credit/debit card details to an email. No bone fide financial institution will ask you to.