Police warn over email scam

Tens of millions of UK email users may be having their financial details stolen in a "mass spamming event," police have warned.

What to do if you receive a scam email

Cyber crime officers have said that the malicious emails often appear to be genuine communications from a bank.

They come with attachments that appear to be files such as a voicemail, fax, an invoice or details of a suspicious transaction.

If you receive such an email:

  • Do not to click on any attachments
  • Update your antivirus software and operating systems
  • Back up important files

If your computer is infected with malicious software:

  • Disconnect it from the network
  • Call a professional to clear the machine
  • Report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Cyber crime cops 'working with international partners'

Lee Miles of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) has said his agency is working with international Partners to find the source of the malicious emails:

The NCA are actively pursuing organised crime groups committing this type of crime.

We are working in cooperation with industry and international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible and reduce the risk to the public.

– Lee Miles, deputy head, NCCU

Read: Tens of millions of Britons 'at risk from email scam'

Tens of millions of Britons 'at risk from email scam'

Tens of millions of UK email users may be having their financial details stolen in a "mass spamming event," according to experts in cyber crime.

Officers have warned that the scam poses "a significant risk"
Officers have warned that the scam poses "a significant risk" Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The National Crime Agency warned that small and medium businesses are the top targets of the messages that appear to be legitimate emails from banks.

The emails come with attachments that appear to be files containing details of a suspicious transaction, but in fact harbour malicious software.

The screen will then display a countdown timer that demands the payment of 2 Bitcoins (around £536) - a form of currency used for Internet transactions - in ransom for the decryption key.

The National Cyber Crime Unit advises that anyone whose computer is infected should report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk.