Latest Scams

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 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.


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.

Scam Alert: Ministry of Justice scam calls

There have been a large number of reports recently that fraudsters are calling people up, claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

These scam callers are telling potential victims that they are due a reward, compensation or a grant.

This is a scam - the MoJ will never call you out of the blue to discuss any of these issues.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the MoJ, put the phone down and do not disclose any personal information.

Number Spoofing scam

A scam which attempts to fool people into thinking a fraudulent caller is legitimate is becoming increasingly common.

'Number spoofing' is a trick whereby fraudsters are able to display a different number on your phone to the one they are actually calling from. This means that a scammer can call you, pretending to be from your bank (or other trustworthy organisation) and the number that appears on your phone will actually be the real phone number of the organisation they are pretending to be from.

American Airlines eTicket email scam

Watch out for this fake eTicket email, supposedly from American Airlines. It has an attached document which contains malware. Do not open the attachment.

Content reads as follows (the weird question mark symbols are part of the text and just mean that the email client can't display the original character):

Thank you for choosing American Airlines / American Eagle, a member of the oneworld Alliance.��Below are your itinerary and receipt for the ticket(s) purchased.��Please print and retain this document for use throughout your trip.

Wrong Council Tax bracket scam

There are reports of fraudsters calling victims to tell them they have been placed in the wrong Council Tax bracket and are due a large refund (this figure varies but is around £7000). Fraudsters are targeting the over 60s, predominantely in the Sussex area, although it is highly likely that their net will spread further-afield.

Victims are asked to pay an advance admin fee, ranging from £60 - £350, to release this payment.