Monday, 31 March 2014

Email Scams

The latest 'emergency funds' scam email claims the sender is stuck in Lugansk (Ukraine) having had their bag and passport stolen. It asks for money to pay for a flight home and settle the hotel bill which the sender claims they cannot get from their bank in time to catch the flight home.
Another scam email circulating, titled 'Tax Refund Notification', states the recipient is owed a tax rebate of over £300 from HMRC. The email has a form attached which asks for lots of personal details including bank details and PIN number.
A spam email has been sent out to a number of email addresses informing recipients about a cancer diagnosis. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is advising people who have received this email to delete it without opening it and not to click on any links. The email, the subject line of which is important blood analysis result, claims the recipient may have cancer. This malicious email is not from NICE. NICE are investigating the origins of this email and have reported it to the police. Please visit www.nice.org.uk for further details.
Trading Standards advice is to never respond to suspicious emails.

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