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Security is important

There are many threats on the Internet all of which can compromise your organisation

We ensure our clients are kept up to date on any current security threats. We regularly send an email that helps highlight things

Once the e-mail has been sent it out it is also added to the website so the information is easily accessible

 

Latest Threats

Tax Refunds

A very convincing looking phishing email is currently doing the rounds.

The email reports to be from "HM Revenue & Customs" This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and has a subject of “Tax Refund Notification”

The email is designed to look like you’re due a tax rebate and looks like this.

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If you click on the link it takes you to a site that uses the style of the HMRC website and invites you to click on your banks logo to continue

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The quality of the initial email and the HMRC website is a little low but if you make it far enough to click on the bank logo you’ll see a page that looks very convincing.

As an example, clicking on the LloydsTSB logo gives you this page.

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And just for comparison here is the actual LloydsTSB logon page.

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As you can see other than some notices (which probably change all the time) they are difficult to tell apart.

If you actually try and logon (you can enter any details! It’s not really checking they are correct) you get an “Online Membership Verification” page. clip_image010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page asks for a LOT of personal information.

If you do fill it out and click continue you’ll get a confirmation page informing you that your refund is being processed, which will obviously never happen.

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This scam isn’t about viruses or trojans or malware. It’s all about identity theft.

The person behind this would have the user name and password for your bank account, your debit card details and enough personal information to do whatever they wanted and create all sorts of damage.

Any unsolicited email you receive, that is offering something too good to be true usually is. Always treat a email like this with suspicion and if you’re not 100% sure then please ask us to help.

This security alert came about because of a phone call we got today. The person who received the message wasn’t sure about it so gave us a call to check it out where were then able to then advise them to ignore it.

It took a few minutes and meant no harm was done and we were then able to share it with you (Thank you Sue and Tracey!)

Please pass on this information to anyone you feel may benefit from it.

As always if you aren’t sure about anything that looks even vaguely suspicious please get in touch.