The Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC) is warning people about a new email scam that threatens victims with court action.
Fraudsters have been sending out legitimate looking spoofed emails designed to trick recipients into installing malware.
The emails say you have been notified and scheduled to appear for a court hearing, and contains specific dates, times, locations and reference numbers.
It asks you to download a copy of the “court notice” attached. The downloadable.zip file actually contains an .exe file (a file that executes when clicked) containing a virus.
The email has no connection to the Criminal Justice System and anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click any links and report it to us by using our online fraud reporting tool.
Subject headers change frequently
You are likely to see some variations of this email, as it is easy for fraudsters to amend the details and continue targeting people. BCRC’s cyber security specialist said “the email is difficult to block as the subject headers change frequently.”
He also said: “Provoking a panicked, impulse reaction has become a very common scam technique for cyber criminals. Opening the attachment allows the criminal to spy on the victim, use their computer to commit crime, or steal personal and financial information.
For further information please visit the BCRC website.
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To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting toolHave your say in Aylesbury
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony
Stansfeld, will be holding a public meeting in Aylesbury (13/02).
The event will be an opportunity for the PCC along with the Deputy Local
Police Area Commander, Olly Wright, to meet and greet residents and
deliver presentations about the role of the PCC and local policing in
The Community Safety Manager for Aylesbury Vale District Council, Kay
Aitken, will also be in attendance to tell the public more about the
work they carry out in the area.
Residents can also ask questions and feedback any concerns they have about policing and crime.
The meeting will take place at the Aylesbury Vale Multi Cultural
Centre, Friarscroft Way, Aylesbury, HP20 2TE on Thursday 13 February at
Members of the public can contact the Office of the PCC for more details:
Tel: 01865 846790