Suspicious e-mail

Have you spotted a suspicious e-mail; I have?

As the chairman of the parish council I wanted to let villagers know that I have recently been targeted with a potential phishing e-mail scam. I have reported this to the relevant authorities.  It seems a prudent opportunity to remind all of Glatton residents that cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message.

The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details).

These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer or steal your passwords etc.

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

The message might be from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it.Your report of a phishing email will help them to act quickly, protecting many more people from being affected.

In a small number of cases, an email may not reach the service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach the system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive.

Author: Neil Mundell-Phipps.

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