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Phishing Email Warning - Speeding Notification

People are being warned of fraudsters sending out phishing emails purporting to be from a police force. The message includes a subject heading 'Notice of Intended Prosecution' and 'NIP - Notice Number' followed by a combination of letters and numbers, details of the offence and a 'Check the Photographic Evidence Link.'

It is believed that the URL hidden behind the line 'Check The Photographic Evidence' delivers a Banking Trojan which is involved in stealing online banking login details from victims.

Protection/Prevention Advice

  • 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 immediately contact your bank.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit Action Fraud.