Greta Thunberg Scam Alert

Not only have we “stolen” Greta’s childhood, (her words not ours), but fraudsters have now stolen the identity of this inspirational activist and are using fake emails from her to try and spread malware to victims’ devices. The “Please help save the planet” email arrives with a word attachment giving the location of a demonstration, the attached file is a disguised link which downloads malware to your device. This malware steals bank credentials. According to Helpnetsecurity phishing attempts increased by 400% in 2019.

DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS YOU DIDN’T ASK FOR OR EXPECT

Tips and Advice

  • Keep safe – Ensure that you have anti-virus protection, that it’s up to date and switched on
  • Don’t click! – on any attachments to emails unless you are 100% certain who it is from and that you are expecting it
  • Report it – Mark any spam emails as junk in your email inbox
  • Already clicked? – Reassura recommend running Malware Bytes to check your device, even their free version does a good job
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you are worried about having given out financial details
  • Still Unsure? – Call 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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