As the number of worldwide reported cases of the epidemic climb towards 20,000, fraudsters once again show their complete lack of morals. Fake emails claiming to be from local governments warning people of outbreaks in their neighbourhood with attachments to be read for further details. The attachments look like simple word documents but contain nasty malware called “Emotet” which allows hackers to record your online logins and access your accounts. The first of these sick emails have been spotted in Japan but security experts expect to see them Worldwide this week.
DO NOT OPEN ANY EMAIL ATTACHMENTS UNLESS YOU HAVE 100% CONFIDENCE IN THE SENDER
Tips and Advice
- Don’t Click – Go to UK Government website for the latest information instead
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
- Report it! – If you receive such a message mark it as junk to avoid further ones getting through
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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