Cyber Threat Weekly

Common Scam Emails

July 30, 2020 WMRCCU Season 1 Episode 9
Cyber Threat Weekly
Common Scam Emails
Show Notes Transcript

This episode talks about the most common scam emails. 

After listening to this podcast please visit Action Fraud, National Cyber Security Centre and the West Midlands Cyber Protect Website for more guidance on all things relating to online Security.

Our host is Mathew Hough-Clews and can be found at sp_digitalpcso.

Also covering the West Midlands is Sean Long – WMPDigitalPCSO and covering Warwickshire and West Mercia Police areas is James Squire - cyberpcso.

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Hi, I'm Matthew Hough-Clewes. I'm a digital Police Community Support Officer for the West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit. 

This is the Cyber Threat Weekly. 

The most common email scams COVID-19, Amazon cancellation, Netflix phishing, PayPal and Apple iTunes COVID-19 payments.

Criminals target the vulnerable and unfortunately we are no more so than in this current climate. You may believe our global pandemic could slow fraudsters down. But sadly the reality this isn't accurate. Many of these fraudulent emails of financial assistance during the pandemic but require you to respond with your banking details. This could result in a financial loss for yourself.

Amazon cancellation, as most of you will be aware, Amazon is a large online retail store selling near enough everything available because of their size, fraudsters are aware that majority of people will have an Amazon account. The scammer will email across a receipt of purchase something the account owner hasn't purchased. Included will be a malicious link where the account owner is requested to login and in doing so the criminal now has their account credentials, leaving their account vulnerable. 

Netflix phishing, this email directs the recipient via a malicious link to a fraudulent website displaying pages similar to that of Netflix. The account owner is then asked to login and provide personal information such as email, password address and payment card details. 

PayPal is very popular online payment service is a common target of phishing, and of note can also occur via text message. The PayPal phishing emails is usually asking for the account owner to log in and verify their home address and credit card information. 

Apple iTunes, this scam is very similar to the PayPal phishing scam, and it relies on causing panic and fear of the account owner losing money by providing their personal information. 

All these phishing emails can be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre via Also, phishing text messages can be reported to your provider by forwarding them to double seven two six. 

For additional guidance, please visit the National Cyber Security Centre or NCSCs website. Also, please don't hesitate to contact us for support with regards to training, advice and guidance on how to protect and prepare your business online. 

Thank you