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

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