Scammers are reported to be sending out bogus emails that purport to come from a genuine charity called Migrant Helpline, to trick computer users in to downloading Ramnit, a type of malware designed to steal personal and corporate banking details.
The email address sending most of the bogus emails is firstname.lastname@example.org, but this may change. The email itself it titled ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’ and makes reference to a donation of £196. It invites recipients who wish to query the donation (because they haven't made one) to click on a link in the email. At this point the malware is downloaded on to the recipient's computer.
This fraud is in no way related to the genuine charity
This and many other phishing emails are being sent out with the sole purpose of encouraging users to click on a link, leading to a malware download.
Beware of any unusual emails you might receive and delete them without opening them, clicking on any link they might contain or downloading any attachments. Even emails that appear to come from businesses or people you know or trust should be treated with caution. The email addresses of your family and friends or businesses you trade with could have been spoofed (or forged)!
If you receive an email from a business you buy goods or services from or a bank or utility company, never follow any links in their emails. Instead, always visit the company's website by typing their web address into your browser.
When choosing a web mail account (such as gmail or Hotmail) make sure it offers spam/junk mail filtering and keep this feature turned on.
Most internet security packages also include spam/junk mail blocking. Ensure that the one you use is up to date and switched on.
- Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
- Warwickshire Trading Standards Website Facebook Twitter
- Sign up to scam alerts at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
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