Latest Scams

Abcam Despatch scam email

If you receive an email 'from' Abcam Despatch (and haven't recently ordered any research antibodies) ignore it - it's a scam.

It just shows that even niche pharmaceutical research supplies companies are not immune (no pun intended) from scammers trying to pose as them, in an attempt to trick unsuspecting people and businesses into downloading malware onto their computers. The email has an Excel sheet attached which will contain malware, so don't open it.

This email, first seen 24/11/15, has the subject line Abcam Despatch [CCE5303255]  and reads:

eFax scam email alert

Watch out for an email notifying you that you have a fax 'from' eFax, which includes an attached 'document' - it's spam and the document will contain malware.

Email subject line is 'Fax message from "unknown" - 1 page(s)'

The email shown here was first seen 23/11/15 and reads as follows:

You have received a 1 page fax at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:36:46 +0100 .

* The reference number for this fax is latf1_did12-13081234973-8882343633-79.

Postcode Anywhere scam email alert

What out for this scam email purporting to be from 'Postcode Anywhere', which includes an attached Excel sheet with a malware macro.

Don't open or download the attachment.

Email reads as follows:

Thanks for your order!
Your payment was successfully processed and £120.00 was debited from your Visa card on 19 November 2015 (authorisation code: AUTH CODE:008018).. Thank you for your business, we appreciate it. Please find your VAT receipt attached for your records. Please retain this in case of any queries.

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 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 :


Just Eat warning over scam survey emails

Just Eat, the online take-away ordering service, have issued a warning over scam survey emails that are tricking some customers into giving away personal data to fraudsters.

The emails, like the one pictured, claim that some Just Eat customers have been selected to receive a £10 reward for completing an online survey. They ask the recipient to confirm their details and click a button to start the survey.