Posted on 17th January 2017
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is urging people to be vigilant of a new scam which sees fraudsters purporting to be from ‘Migrant Helpline’.
Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to both personal and business email addresses in a bid to con people out of money who generally want to help.
Although Migrant Helpline is a genuine charity, fraudsters are using it to trick members of the public into becoming victims of the scam.
The email address sending the majority of the emails is: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, however multiple email addresses have been seen. It should be noted that this fraud is in no way related to the real charity.
Once the link is clicked, a virus is downloaded onto the victim’s device which aims to target and steal banking details.
The subject line of the email is currently: currently ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’. The message body reads:
“Thanks again for donating
We're sending it straight to Migrant Helpline so you'll be making a difference very soon.
Your donation details:
First name: ****
Last name: ****
Donation Reference: 09493495
If you have any questions about your donation, please follow this link and download Your (Donation Reference 09493495), with the transaction details listed above.
With your help, YeshivaDonations can continue to work in Syria and neighbouring countries to deliver clean water and life-saving supplies to millions of people.
Your generosity is bringing much-needed assistance to families who have lost everything as a result of the crisis in Syria.
Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.
Please consider the following actions:
- Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. 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 communication.
- Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities
- Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to is not left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
- If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
For more advice around fraud, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud webpage here