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Guidance on phishing emails

Find out how you can stay safe and vigilant against phishing emails, including advice on how to spot a suspicious email and how to report it.

Coronavirus phishing emails

We've recently seen a number of examples of coronavirus (COVID-19) related, malicious cyber activity. 

These include:

  • advance fee fraud (where someone asks for payment in advance for goods and services)
  • phishing emails (where an email includes a link to a malicious website)
  • emails containing attachments containing malware

There are examples of various campaigns which seek to replicate, or pretend that they are from, organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK Government (GOV.UK) and HMRC, amongst others. There are also examples of fake websites which impersonate NHS organisations, which contain malware (including Ransomware).   

image of mobile phone with phishing message

What you need to do

Whilst the Data Security Centre works to block these threats before they reach individuals, it's inevitable that some do get through. It's essential that all staff remain vigilant, particularly during the current period of uncertainty and anxiety around coronavirus, and take the necessary precautions to protect their organisations and ultimately, patient data.  

We would advise: 

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Last edited: 1 July 2020 9:57 am