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Advice offered to organisations to protect themselves against online fraudsters

Posted on 9th May 2017

Businesses are being urged to be vigilant and take steps to protect themselves against fraudsters.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has become aware that phishing emails are being sent to employees of some private and public sector organisations.

The emails claim to be from well-known organisations, such as local authorities, police forces or parking management companies.

Their content typically relates to a business environment, increasing the likelihood of deceiving the email recipient into clicking on links or opening attachments which would distribute malware or ransomware.

It’s important that companies have strong IT security systems and procedures in place and that employees are trained to accurately identify malicious emails.

Other advice for protecting yourself from phishing emails include:

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your  browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself
  • Organisations should make sure that software updates are installed on all devices used by the business as soon as they become available.
  • Organisations should create regular backups of important business files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider.

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

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.