Wednesday 12th June 2019 Phishing Police Scotland are supporting Team Cyber UK’s forthcoming Phishing campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness around Phishing attacks, which are now one of the most common security challenges that individuals and companies across the UK face on a regular basis.
Criminals and Organised Crime Groups now launch widespread Phishing attacks, targeting personal/business accounts either by email, social media, or text. They encourage users to click on malicious link/attachments which compromise their email or social media accounts, asking users to divulge banking information or access sensitive information.
The simple advice below describes how you can spot suspicious emails, and the steps you can take to ensure that you don’t fall victim, both at work and home:
Confirm details of the actual email address it came from, you can do this by hovering mouse over the senders email address.
Many phishing emails have poor grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Is the design and overall quality what would you'd expect from the organisation the email is supposed to come from?
Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to 'valued customer', or 'friend', or 'colleague'? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.
Does the email contain a veiled threat that asks you to act urgently, or cause intrigue? Be suspicious of words like 'send these details within 24 hours' or 'you have been a victim of crime, click here immediately'.
Look at the sender's name. Does it sound legitimate, or is it trying to mimic someone you know?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It's most unlikely that someone will want to give you money, or give you access to a secret part of the Internet.
Your bank, or any other official source, should never ask you to supply personal information from an email.
Furthermore we have recently become aware of a scam which targets senior citizens and which is becoming more prevalent. It involves cold callers convincing the victim that they are due a windfall but stating that they require a payment by way of an Amazon or other voucher before monies are released.
We would ask that shops selling such cards be vigilant for people putting money on such cards and to contact the Police if they have any concerns.
A 40 year old man was arrested and reported to the procurator fiscal for being found within a building with intent to steal in Magdalenes Road, Perth. (CR/14787/19)
Between 4:30pm, Saturday 1st June and 4:30pm, Tuesday 4th June, a large window was smashed at Vanilla Hair & Beauty Salon, Scott Street, Perth. (CR/14598/19)
On Sunday 2nd June a silver bike was stolen from a close at Shields Place Dunkeld Road, Perth. (CR/14570/19)
Overnight on Wednesday 5th June a black & grey hybrid bike was stolen from outside a house on Muirton Place, Perth. It had a chain wrapped around the middle bar and a yellow bar at rear of seat. (CR/14512/19)
Between 11am, Wednesday 5th June and 10:30am, Friday 7th June, a shed was broken into at Kingswell Terrace, Perth. (CR/14693/19)
Overnight on Thursday 6th June, a break in occurred at David Band Metals, Friarton Road, Perth. (CR/14715/19)
Between 1am and 11am, Sunday 9th June, a ladies blue mountain bike was stolen from a garden in Darnhall Crescent, Perth. (CR/15005/19)
Between 9:30am and 6pm, Sunday 9th June a ladies black Trek bike was stolen from the lane beside The Vegan Café, St Pauls Square, Perth. (CR15058/19)
Between Wednesday 5th and Saturday 8th June, the front tyre of a green Landrover Discovery was punctured in Back Dykes, Abernethy. (CR/14912/19)
About 1:50pm, Thursday 6th June, a trailer and a red Honda Quad Bike were stolen from Dunbarney Avenue, Bridge of Earn. (CR/14652/19)
Between 4pm and 11pm, Saturday 1st June, a ladies vintage red Raleigh bike was stolen from The Losset Inn, Alyth. (CR/14650/19)
On Thursday 6th June, a black & red Phaze Mountain Bike was stolen from Ferguson Park Road, Rattray. (CR/14618/19)
At the beginning of May a visitors' book was stolen from Tenandry Church at Killiecrankie. The book dates from circa 1900 and has no monetary value; it is described as leather bound, dark brown and ¾ the size of a laptop computer. (CR/14423/19)
Between Monday 3rd and Wednesday 5th June, a wheelie bin was stolen from Montgomery Road, Kinross. (CR/14624/19)
About 10pm, Saturday 8th June, a window was broken at The Windlestrae Hotel, The Muirs, Kinross. (CR/14755/19)
Overnight on Friday 7th June, an attempt was made to gain entry to a domestic heating oil tank in Carnbo. During the same time, a quantity of red diesel was stolen from West Netherton, Milnathort. (CR/14836/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Regards, Ian Scott Chief Inspector Local Area Commander Perth and Kinross