Spam Emails come in many forms. The following are examples of current versions.1.Campaigns are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by pretending to come from either Adobe or LinkedIn Support. The emails from LinkedIn claim ‘irregular activities have prompted a compulsory security update’. The Adobe emails attempt to direct the user to the latest updates2.Phishing is an attempt by a fraudster to steal valuable information by pretending to be a company that you know and use. It relies on people to think the message is genuine. Victims are initially sent an email that will have either a link to a website, or contain an attachment. What the fraudsters want you to do is click on the link or attachment so that they can steal valuable information from your computer, like your bank account or credit card details3.A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail. Attached to the email is the CryptoLocker virus.The victim receives an email purporting to be from the Royal Mail stating that they are holding a parcel/letter for the victim. The victim is then required to contact the Royal Mail to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.By following the instructions within the email the CryptoLocker virus is subsequently downloaded to the victim’s computer. This virus encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted.Additional incentive is added for early repayment as the ransomware states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.4.A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from British Gas or The Ministry of Justice. The attached document or link leads to the TorrentLocker ransomware.This malware encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted; one reported amount has been £330 worth of Bitcoins.It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened.
Protect yourself: •Look at who the email is addressed to – many will say “Dear user” or “Dear valued customer” and will not be addressed directly to you. •If there are images included in the email they may be of a poor quality but will try to look like the company they are trying to represent. •The message may have a few spelling mistakes. •Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.•Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from. •Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate. •If you receive an email that you are suspicious of do not follow any links or open attachments until you can verify that the email is genuine. To do this contact the organisation that the email has come from by sourcing the number independently from the email received. •If you believe the email to be fake, report it to your email provider as spam. •Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date this will help to mitigate the potential for virus to be downloaded. It should be noted that anti-virus software is constantly being updated and may not stop all viruses especially if they are new or been adapted. It has been reported that some anti-virus vendors are detecting this and stopping the pages and or documents from being opened. •If you have opened an attachment or followed a link which you believe to be suspicious it is recommended that you run your anti-virus and/or take your machine to a reputable company to have it cleaned. •In cases where files have been encrypted it can be very difficult to retrieve them, and in most cases they will be lost. It is recommended that you always back up all files on a separate device or cloud storage to ensure they are not lost. Please remember that if a device is attached to the infected machine the files on this could also be encrypted with the virus so ensure they are kept separate.
Action Fraud is the name given to the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime. The team is run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Neighbourhood Alerts team. They use information from all fraud and cyber crime cases reported to them to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity.
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Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. This can have a devastating impact on those affected. Knowledge is the best defence when it comes to fraud. The more you know about the most recent or common techniques fraudsters are using to defraud victims, the less likely you are to fall into the trap. Dorset Police has designed a new webpage that will keep up to date with the latest frauds affecting the county on our website. Action Fraud also sends information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
There has been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers.The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.Protect Yourself•Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101. •Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present. •If you receive a phone call from a police officer, ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity. •The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone. •The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
Dorset Police is launching its summer vehicle crime awareness and prevention campaign with the deployment of a specially branded police car across the county. The fully marked vehicle will continue to respond to emergency calls for assistance and carry out high visibility patrols across Dorset as a visual reminder to motorists to remove all items, secure their vehicle and lock it. The car uses bows and ribbon on one side with the lettering ‘unlocked vehicles are gifts to thieves’ with the other side featuring chains and a padlock with the wording ‘lock your vehicle, thieves operate in this area’.Thefts from motor vehicles usually peak during the hot weather, as both locals and holiday makers visit beauty spots and beaches. However, vehicle security can go to the back of people’s minds once they’ve parked up and they often leave themselves vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime. Over the last 12 months, Dorset Police has received 2,864 reports of thefts from motor vehicles with a total of 3,545 reports of crimes connected to vehicles.Sergeant Jamie Clark, the Force lead for vehicle crime, said: “A large number of vehicle crimes are as a result of the occupants leaving items on display or leaving windows open and doors unlocked. By taking simple precautions, we could significantly reduce opportunist theft from vehicles. We regularly arrest and prosecute prolific offenders, however criminals continue to target vehicles across the county, whether at a beauty spot, a roadside or on a residential driveway. We are now beginning to see a trend of criminals watching unsuspecting motorists from other vehicles in car parks before targeting their vehicle when the driver has gone. We would encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see to police by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.”Previous research by Dorset Police has found that a car thief often needs only 10 to 20 seconds to commit a crime.A convicted car thief from Dorset gave this advice to motorists on how to avoid being a victim of crime: “When I’m looking at a car, I’m looking at what kind of security it’s got, I’m looking at whether it’s going to be something quick and easy or if it’s going to take a bit of time. Stickers, security signs, visible alarm systems, steering locks, gearstick or handbrake locks – those type of security measures tell me that this person has gone out of their way to secure their car. They are more forward-thinking so would be less likely to leave anything of value in their car - I would be less motivated to do it. If your car is clean, looks secure, looks empty, I’m probably just going to walk off and go to the next car. If I walk down the street and every car is like that, I’ll then move to a different street, and then a different area.”Sergeant Clark continues: “We would encourage members of the public who see the vehicle to share photos of it on social media using the #RemoveItLockIt hashtag.”
For further information and advice please go to www.dorset.police.uk and follow the link to Fraud Alerts.
Dorset Police is alerting residents to new and emerging fraud trends affecting the county.Every month, Dorset Police will be updating the new Fraud Alert page on the Force website, with emerging fraud trends that are affecting the residents of Dorset. Fraud often affects the most vulnerable in the community, but anyone can become a target. Fraudsters do not just target individuals, they target businesses too.Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard from the Economic Crime Unit, said: "People often feel embarrassed about being a victim of fraud, but there is no reason to be. It can happen to anyone and it is important you tell us. Reporting fraud helps us to understand the new trends and techniques being used by criminals and gives us the opportunity to warn others before they become victims."The UK has a centralised fraud reporting centre called Action Fraud. They record all incidents, refer cases to the police for investigation and provide specialist support and advice. The Fraud Profile for Dorset shows that 2,406 crimes were reported between April 2016 and September 2016. The total victim loss was £4.6 million and the most commonly targeted victims were aged between 60 – 79yrs. Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard continued: "It's easy to be caught out. Fraudsters are clever and know how to gain your trust. Make sure you don't give out any personal information to anyone unless you have confirmed who it is you are speaking to. Remember: You will never be asked for your personal banking details, such as passwords and PIN numbers. If you are, hang up and contact the organisation/company back by using a number you know, such as one from your latest bill, in the telephone book or from their official website. If you receive a suspicious phone call, hang up immediately, dial 1471 and note the number that called you, then contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at actionfraud.police.uk. Action Fraud will alert Dorset Police.”For up to date fraud and cyber-crime alerts, please visit the Fraud Alerts page of the Dorset Police website at dorset.police.uk/fraud.