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Email scam targeting businesses across North East

Alert message sent 19/08/2021 15:42:00

Information sent on behalf of North Yorkshire Police

A phishing email scam is currently in circulation which indicates the recipient has files to download and that they should login using their employee credentials to access the files.

The emails reported so far appear to be from one of a number of law firms but could appear from any organisation which may have been compromised so please be very cautious.

If you receive any email which asks you to login to a system to view or download files, don’t click the link without considering:
  • Were you expecting this email or has it come out of the blue, even if it is from a known sender?
  • Have you ever previously been asked to login to a system to view/download files?
  • Are you able to verify with the sender by phone or in person that the email is genuine?
If you receive a phishing email you are reminded that you should follow your own organisations policies and procedures and that you may be required to notify your IT department.  If you do not have an IT department you can forward phishing emails to report@phishing.gov.uk

If you think you may have received an email and provided your credentials by logging in to a system, notify your IT department immediately. If you do not have an IT department reset your password immediately.

Where possible, enable two/multi-factor authentication (2FA/MFA) on your account as this will help to protect you if your details have been compromised. 

You can find more information on keeping your details and your business safe by visiting the National Cyber Security Centre: www.ncsc.gov.uk 

If you have been a victim of a cyber-attack, call us on 101.

Message sent by
Carys Samuel (Police,Corp Comms Manager,North Yorkshire)

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