Samantha Hancock (Police, Crime Prevention Unit Manager, Nottinghamshire) writes:
RELEASE FROM LANCASHIRE POLICE :
Many people around the world have today received an email that appears to have been sent from a legitimate Lancashire Constabulary email address. The email appears to come from ‘Lyn Whitehead’ and is asking the recipient to pay an invoice that is attached to the email.
This is spam, and if you have received it you MUST NOT open it. Instead delete it from your email system.
If you have opened the attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.
This email has NOT BEEN sent from Lancashire Constabulary. A third party supplier to the Constabulary has had their data breached, as a result of the breach this Lancashire Constabulary email address has been spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide.
There is now an investigation underway to determine the source of the attack on this third party, but we want to reassure you that the Constabulary’s systems have not been breached or compromised in any way. The email has not been generated from inside the Constabulary or by the Constabulary. If you have shared information with us, we can assure you that it is safe.
You can get more advice on this by visiting the following websites:
• If you have opened the attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts – http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/passwords
• The most common Internet Scams are updated on – http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams
If you believe you have been attacked by the virus, have had your data breached and have suffered loss as a result, then please report this direct to www.actionfraud.police.uk rather than reporting it to Lancashire Constabulary on 101
If you do make a report to Action Fraud, please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide them with the details.
More information can be found on Lancashire Constabulary website http://www.lancashire.police.uk/news/2015/october/email-virus-alert.aspx You can get more advice on this by visiting the following websites:
The most common Internet Scams are updated on http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams
Source: Broxtowe Community email.