Warning from police about new email scam

Lincolnshire Police news.
Lincolnshire Police news.

Lincolnshire Police are warning people about an online scam where fraudsters send “phishing” emails to personal and business accounts which pretend to come from “donotreply”

The emails are followed by an extension such as donotreply@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk or do-not-reply@amazon.co.uk).

They include an attachment – a .zip file, usually with the current date, followed by random digits in the file name.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “These attachments typically contain a password-stealing component with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details, along with your email or FTP (web space) log in credentials.

“Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details.

“Similarly, a very high proportion also contain Locky ransomware that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (typically about £350) to recover the files.”

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk