WCC June Cyber Scam Update
Fraudsters are continuing to send victims their own passwords in sextortion scam.
Fraudsters are sending victims their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding payment. In May alone, Action Fraud has received over 149 crime reports and 1,443 reports to our phishing reporting tool. Many victims reported receiving multiple emails over a short period of time. The emails contain the victim’s own password in the subject line and demands payment in Bitcoin after claiming that the victim has been filmed on their computer watching porn.
Suspected data breach
Action Fraud suspects that the fraudsters may have gained victim’s passwords from an old data breach. After running some of the victim’s email addresses through ‘Have I Been Pwned?’ a website that allows people to check if
their account has been compromised in a data breach, Action Fraud found that almost all of the accounts were at risk.
How to protect yourself:
• Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying: it only highlights that you’re vulnerable and you could be targeted again. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam /junk if you receive it multiple times.
• Perform password resets as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
• Always install the latest software & app updates. Install, or enable anti-virus software on your laptops & computers and keep it updated.
• If you have received one of these emails and
paid the fine, report it to your local police force. If you have not paid, report the email as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.
Fake TalkTalk emails regarding refunds making the rounds.
Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk.
The emails state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that they’re owed a refund. The links
in the emails lead to malicious websites.
• Don’t click on the links and/or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to
messages that ask for your personal or financial
• It is always safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the address into your
browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.
• Don’t assume an email is authentic, even if
someone knows your basic details (such as your
name or address). Remember criminals can spoof email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust.
Action Fraud report reveals £7 million lost to holiday fraud.
Over 5,000 people reported to Action Fraud that they had lost a total of
just over £7 million to holiday and travel related fraud, an increase on last year, when 4,382 victims reported losing £6.7 million. The average
amount lost was £1,380 per person but, as in previous years, in addition
to the financial cost, victims have also reported the significant emotional
impact caused by this crime.
Over half, 53%, of the crimes reported were related to the sale of airline tickets. The next most common fraud at 25%, related to the sale of
accommodation, with a peak in reported losses in October. This indicates that many victims report their loss after the end of the summer holidays the busiest time of the year for travel and a popular target for fraudsters.
• Stay safe online: Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name.
• Do your research: Don’t just rely on one review – do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
• Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership at abta.com.
• Pay safe: Wherever possible, pay by credit card and be wary about paying directly into a private individual’s bank account.
• Check paperwork: You should study receipts, invoices as well as terms and conditions. Be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all. Use your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Report it: Victims should contact Action Fraud via