Feb 12, 2014

Bottesford NHW Alert:Yet Another Scam

Message from Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, Community Safety Department, Wednesday 12 February 2014 on behalf of Action Fraud.

Alert: Notice to Appear in Court Email Scam
The Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC) is warning people about a new email scam that threatens victims with court action. (6 February 2014).

Fraudsters have been sending out legitimate looking spoofed emails designed to trick recipients into installing malware.
The emails say you have been notified and scheduled to appear for a court hearing and contains specific dates, times, locations and reference numbers. 
It asks you to download a copy of the "court notice" attached.  The dowloadable.zip file actually contains an. exe file (a file that executes when clicked) containing a virus.
The email has no connection to the Criminal Justice System and anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click any links. Report to Action Fraud by using the online fraud reporting tool.

Subject headers change frequently
You are likely to see some variations of this email, as it is easy for fraudsters to amend the details and continue targeting people.   BCRC's cyber security specialist said "the email is difficult to block as the subject headers change frequently."

He also said: "Provoking a paniked, impulse reaction has become a very common scam technique for cyber criminals. Opening the attachment allows the criminal to spy on the victim, use their computer to commit crime, or steal personal and financial information."
For further information please visit the BCRC website www.bcrc-uk.org

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use online reporting tools on website www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
Circulated By:
John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626
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