Scam Alert

Distraction theft scam: one scammer drops coins, accomplice steal bags

The Metropolitan Police have warned about a new distraction theft scam technique that has been seen across the borough of Lambeth, south London.

It involves victims being targeted while they are having a cup of coffee or other drink in a cafe or similar establishment.

One person will drop a number of coins, seemingly by accident, near a potential victim. When the victim gets up to help pick up the coins, an accomplice then steals their unattended items, such as bags/phones etc.

Fake WhatsApp New Voicemessage scam email

If you receive a 'WhatsApp New voicemessage' email, do not open it and under no circumstances click the 'Play' button it contains - it's a scam.

The email itself looks quite convincing design-wise but is very unsophisticated - the send address is clearly not a WhatsApp email address and the web address that the Play button links to is also clearly not a WhatsApp URL. Also, WhatsApp do not store messages on their servers anyway.

USPS 'Your package delivery has failed' scam email

If you receive this email 'from' USPS (from address no-reply@postal-reporter.com) do not open it or download the attached document, it's a scam and the doc will contain malware.

If you're living outside the US, the US Postal Service is highly unlikely to contact you for any reason!

Email first seen 17/11/15. Content reads as follows:

Dear customer,

Your package delivery has failed because no person was present at your address.

Status :

Failed

Scam Alert: Your latest e-invoice from TNT 0080508314 6924473

Beware of this fake email 'from' TNT, which has a an attached virus in a .zip file. First seen 6/11/15. from address is groupadminstubbinsDONOTREPLY@tnt.com. Don't open the attachment. 

Email reads as follows:

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND - Emails to this address are not monitored or responded to.
Please find attached your TNT Invoice. Please note that our standard payment terms require cleared funds in our account by the 15th of the month following the month of invoice.

IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS

American Express Customer Service phishing email alert

Beware of this phishing email 'from' American Express - do not click the links, ithey will take you to a fake version of the American Express website, which scammers will use to trick you into giving away your personal information.

The email reads as follows: 

We are writing to you because we need to speak with you regarding a security concern on your account. Our records indicate that you recently used your American Express card on November 05, 2015.

Scam browser popups claim your computer is infected with a virus

Beware of scam browser popups, similar to those pictured, which inform you that your computer has been infected with a virus and invite you to call a free-phone number to have it removed.

The popup alerts attempt to mimic genuine messages like the ones produced by real anti-virus software, or by Windows. 

The alerts claim that your computer is infected with a virus that cannot be detected by ordinary anti-virus software, but you can call a free-phone number to speak to a technician who will be able to remotely remove the virus for you.