FAKE BT BILL IS BANKING MALWARE

This article is from the Action Fraud website.

Fake BT bill contains banking malware

21st June 2017

A new fake email claiming to be from BT is attempting to trick victims into automatically downloading Dridex banking malware. 

The emails entitled ‘New BT bill’ contain a link that automatically downloads a malicious file called ‘BT bill.zip’ once clicked. What makes this scam email unique is the Dridex malware starts downloading without a webpage being opened.

Once installed, the Dridex malware is designed to steal personal information such as usernames and passwords by eavesdropping, with the ultimate goal of getting into bank accounts and stealing cash.



If you receive one of these emails do not click on any links. Instead, go to the BT website directly and log in from there to view your bills. BT would never send you an email with an attachment.

Remember that fraudsters can “spoof” an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of any such attachment or link.

Additionally you should always update your Anti-Virus software and operating systems regularly.

Report fraud and cyber crime to us and receive a police crime reference number.

 

This article is from the Action Fraud website.

MARS CHOCOLATES RECALL IN SALMONELLA SCARE

This story is from the BBC News Website

Mars recalls several lines in Salmonella scare

Mars Confectionaries 2

  • 9 June 2017

From the section Business

Chocolate maker Mars is recalling some bars of Galaxy, Maltesers Teasers and bags of Minstrels due to the “potential presence of salmonella”.

Mars said the products, for sale in the UK and Ireland, should not be eaten.

The recall began after tests showed salmonella may be in ingredients.

“We are working closely with the relevant food safety authorities and our customers to ensure that the affected products are no longer available for purchase,” Mars said.

Mars said thousands of potentially affected chocolates – fewer than 3,000 – could already have been sold to customers.

Products including Galaxy Milk 200g bars, Minstrel 118g pouches and Maltesers Teasers 35g bars with best-before dates of 6 May 2018 and 13 May 2018 are affected.

Other products included in the recall include Galaxy Milk 4x42g multipacks and Galaxy Counters 78g and 112g pouches with the 6 May 2018 and 13 May 2018 best-before dates.

The company has asked food retailers across the UK and Ireland to pull the affected products from shelves immediately.

Tesco told the BBC that it wasn’t going to sell any of the affected products it had in stock, whatever the best before date, as a temporary measure to help avoid any customer confusion.

The chocolate products affected were made at Mars’ Slough factory.

People who have purchased the affected confectionary should contact the Mars customer call centre for “returns and reimbursement”, it said.

The Food Standards Agency said the recall “is for a small number of products and is on a precautionary basis.”

Mars said no other brands or varieties of chocolate, pack formats, bar sizes or best before dates had been affected.

Chocolate products affected

The products being recalled are:

  • Galaxy Milk 200g Bar – product code AC76R, batches 719G1SLO00, 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May 6, 2018, and batches 720A2SLO00, 720B1SLO00 with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
  • Galaxy Milk 4x42g Multipack Bars – product code AF67D, batches 719G1SLO00 and 719G2SLO00 with the best-before date of May 6, 2018
  • Galaxy Milk 42g Bar – product code AN22R, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May 6, 2018
  • Galaxy Counters 78g Treat Bag – product code AW99N, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best-before date of May, 6, 2018
  • Galaxy Counters 112g Pouch – product code AW99G in Ireland, batch numbers 720B1SLO00 and 720C1SLO00 with best-before dates of May 13, 2018
  • Maltesters Teasers 35g Bar – product code AX46E, batches 720C1SLO00 and 720D2SLO00 in the UK and Ireland, with the best-before date of May 13, 2018
  • Galaxy Minstrels 118g Pouch (Sweet Nights In promotion) – product code BJ30K, batch number 720B1SLO00, with the best-before date of May 13, 2018

Mars said UK consumers can call 0800 952 0084 for reimbursement and Irish consumers can contact 1890 812 315.

This story is from the BBC News Website

ATOS REBRANDS ITSELF TO IMPROVE IMAGE

 

TOXIC ATOS REBRANDS AGAIN

FROM THE BLUEANNOYED WEBSITE

 

Toxic Atos are again having to rebrand claiming

Following an independent review of the PIP assessment journey claimants experience in December 2014, Paul Gray recommended a number of changes to claimant communications to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Assessment Providers.
After consultation with DWP and reviewing our communications, we have introduced a new business name that better represents the work we do independently assessing PIP cases.
We believe Independent Assessment Services does this because: • It makes it clear that we are ‘independent’ providers, distinct from DWP • ‘Assessment’ explains the service we deliver assessing PIP cases more clearly than ‘healthcare’ does

It can rebrand as much as it likes, it  doesn’t stop the DWP destroying disabled people’s lives when being assessed and losing their money,  vehicles, jobs when they fail to be assessed correctly and leaving some so distraught their health actually deteriorates or they lose what income from working they had , and the worst case scenario is they are left housebound  when they lose their mobility vehicles.

The stories are now coming thick and fast towards those contractors, which Atos is one, of lies and malpractice of assessors. Capita is the other contractor whose reputation has also been tarnished badly .

65% of decisions are now being overturned on appeal, some just give up because they genuinely cannot cope with their health conditions and the long protracted process that it entails and the loss of vital income which helps with the extra costs they face as disabled people. Recently those with mental health were asked ‘why they had not killed themselves yet’ ! Reports given to DWP in a lot of cases are filled with fabrication, claim claimants.

One the eve of election night many are scared witless by these assessments praying to god that Labour are installed into Number 10 who have promised to scrap these assessments along with the notorious WCA assessments which Atos used to carry out until they left their contract early leaving Maximus to pick up the pieces.

Either way these assessments are going the same way,  should Labour get power this will need to be tackled head on to prevent serious preventable harm to those whom are struggling under the last 7yrs of horrific reforms to survive. Many thousands have died along the way, with Atos and the DWP blaming each other, but the blame lays fairly and squarely at the governments door for a badly thought out policy decision that has affected the disabled community on a grand scale, while blaming disabled people for being workshy,lazy , and faking disability which the general public have latched onto and left the disabled community easy targets of Hate Crime. Disabled people do not mind having a fair assessment given the public purse is helping them live independently, what they object to is being hounded to their graves and every waking moment being made scapegoats for a failed government policy that was only ever going to cause harm and they did not even have the decency to step in and stop this happening. The enquiry into PIP (Personal Independence Payments) was conveniently called off due to the fact Mrs May called a snap election in the hope of continuing these awful policies to cut the welfare bill of those they promised to protect.

The disabled community has been hit 9 times harder than any other section of society, for the failure of a society who no longer care, a department who is determined to put saving money over human life of a community that takes the least of the welfare budget.

 

 

POISONOUS PERFUME SAMPLES IN POST

FREE SAMPLES OF PERFUME IN THE POST ARE POISONOUS

URGENT – – URGENT
I have just received the following warning from Brian Sutton a f/b Friend:

Very Important !
Please pass this on
URGENT News from Glen Eagles Hospital URGENT !!!!!

Seven women have died after inhaling a free perfume sample that was mailed to them. The product was poisonous . If you receive free samples in the mail such as lotions, perfumes, diapers etc. throw them away . The government is afraid that this might be another terrorist act . They will not announce it in the news because they do not want to create panic or give the terrorists new ideas.

 

I am circulating this as I am pretty sure that Brian would not start malicious scares.

If you receive any unexpected free samples of perfume or sample nappies please be careful. I do not have any further information at this time, but will update this entry as it comes in. If you have any further news on this, please let me know.

FAKE ‘YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED’ POP-UPS

This article is from the Hoax Slayer website

“Your Computer Has Been Blocked” Tech Support Scam Browser Popups

written by Brett M. Christensen September 23, 2016
Fake Virus Alert Tech Support Scam

Outline:
“Critical Alert” message that may appear while you are web browsing claims that your computer has been blocked due to virus and spyware infections and your personal information is being stolen.  It urges you to call a listed support number immediately to get help with the problem.  The page that triggers the popup appears to be part of the Microsoft website and features Microsoft logos, banners, and links.


Brief Analysis:
The claims in the alert message are false and the page has no connection to Microsoft. Your computer has not been blocked and the page has not detected any virus infection or information theft. The message is designed to panic you into calling criminals masquerading as tech support workers. If you call the listed number, the criminals will try to trick you into providing your credit card details, ostensibly to pay for your computer to be fixed. You may also be tricked into downloading remote access software that will allow the criminals to install malware on your computer and steal your personal and financial information. The scam popup window may be difficult to close and may keep reappearing. See the detailed analysis below for more information.


Example:
** YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED **
Error # SL9DW61
Please call us immediately at: [Phone number removed]
Do not ignore this critical alert.
If you close this page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network.Your computer has alerted us that it has been infected with a virus and spyware. The following information is being stolen…Facebook Login
> Credit Card Details
> Email Account Login
> Photos stored on this computer
You must contact us immediately so that our engineers can walk you through the removal process over the phone Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.Toll Free: [Phone number removed]


Computer Blocked Tech Support Scam

Detailed Analysis:
Imagine that you are browsing the web looking for information or simply for entertainment. You click a link and, suddenly, a rather scary “critical alert” message pops up in your browser. The message warns that your computer has been blocked because of  a virus and spyware infection and, due to this infection, your personal and financial information is being stolen.

It instructs you to call a toll free number immediately so that the “engineers can walk you through the removal process over the phone”. It further warns that, if you do not call within 5 minutes, or if you close the page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to the network.

The page behind the popup alert appears to be part of the Microsoft website and includes the Microsoft logo and other seemingly Microsoft related elements.

However, the supposed warning is a scam. It is not associated with Microsoft in any way. Nor has it detected any virus infection or theft of information. And, despite the claims in the message, the “engineers” do not (yet) have any control over your computer and certainly cannot disable access if you fail to call or if you close the website.

The warning is just a nasty ruse designed to panic you into calling online criminals posing as Microsoft tech support workers. If you do call, the scammers will claim that you must first download a remote access program that will allow them to take control of your computer and – supposedly – deal with the virus infection. Once the scammers have gained access, they can install malware on your computer. This malware can run silently in the background and harvest information such as your online banking passwords and social media account login details. And, while they have access, the scammers can troll through your files for information they may want to take.

The scammers will also demand that you provide your credit card details over the phone, ostensibly to cover service charges for repairing your computer.

These scammers can be quite intimidating. They may claim – falsely of course –  that you may be fined, or even arrested, if you do not immediately comply with their instructions.

If one of these scam warnings appears in your browser, do not call the listed number under any circumstances.

You may find it difficult or impossible to close the popup window. Or, if you can close it, it may keep reappearing.  If so, you will need to terminate the processes associated with your browser by taking the following steps:

Windows Computers

1: Hit “Control – Alt -Delete” on your keyboard and then click “Task Manager”.

2: With the “Processes” tab active, highlight any processes related to your browser and hit the “End Task” button at the bottom of the Task Manager window.

Mac Computers

1: Hit “Command + Option + Esc to open the “Force Quit Applications” window.

2: Select the name of the browser you are using and hit the “Force Quit” button.

It would also be wise to scan your computer for malware. We recommend Malwarebytes, which is free for home users.

These browser popup tech support scams are very similar to other tech support scams in which the criminals call you rather than the other way around.

This article is from the Hoax Slayer website

FAKE E-MAIL TARGETS BT CUSTOMERS

This article is from the Action Fraud Website

Alert: Fake BT email takes advantage of global ransomware attack

18th May 2017

Fraudsters are using the global WannaCry ransomware attack as a hook to try and get people to click on the links within this clever BT branded phishing email.

We have received several reports of this very convincing email that claims BT have launched preventative measures to protect your data on an international scale.

After analysing the email, the domains appear very similar and this could easily catch out those who are concerned about the security of their data after the global attack.

TO SEE A SAMPLE OF THE SCAM MESSAGE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ACTION FRAUD ITEM

Taking advantage

Cyber criminals have been known in the past to take advantage of situations like this to design new phishing campaigns.

If you receive one of these emails do not click on any links and follow our advice on how to stay safe. Instead, go to the BT website directly and log in from there.

We are also aware that companies are sending out legitimate emails of reassurance in connection with the recent cyber attack, if in doubt contact them directly on a method other than the email you have received.

Remember that fraudsters can “spoof” an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of any such communication.

Additionally you should always update your Anti-Virus software and operating systems regularly and follow our advice on how to deal with ransomware.

Report fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud and receive a police crime reference number.

Sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

This article is from the Action Fraud Website

LOCAL NHS VICTIMS OF CYBER MALWARE

Blithehale Health Centre Patients Blog

THE LOCAL HOPITAL’S COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN HIT BY CYBER TERRORISTS

This article is from the Action Fraud website.

It is believed that personal information of patients is secure.


NHS hit by large scale cyber attack

12th May 2017

There have been confirmed reports that the NHS has been hit by ransomware, taking down hospital computers.

Currently Trusts and hospitals in London, Nottingham, Blackburn, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have all been affected.

The ransomware which has locked NHS computers is asking for payment of $300 in Bitcoin.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is aware of cyber incident and is working with the NHS and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).

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Here’s the malware attack which appears to have hit NHS hospitals right across England today

A spokesperson for NHS Digital said: “The investigation is at an early stage but we…

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