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Daisy McAninch (Police, Communications Officer , Devizes HQ)
Please be aware of a new type of phishing email which includes the victim’s home address. Phishing emails are deigned to steal your personal details or contain links to websites that are infected with malware (such as computer viruses).
The perfectly written email states that a large amount of money is owed to a UK firm, which varies per email, along with an exact address of the victim.
It contains correct spelling and grammar and, along with the victim’s name and address, can appear genuine at first sight. The demand is in the range of £800 to £900.
Advice for dealing with any phishing emails
Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
If you have clicked on a link, seek professional advice by contacting Action Fraud on what steps to take.
Check the legitimacy of the email with the company that has supposedly sent it.
It is a good idea to find a telephone number for the company independently from the email, such as through Google, as the phone number provided in the email may be fake or go directly to the suspect.
Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans to prevent most malware from ending up on your computer.
Be aware of any financial requests via email. People can easily pose as management in emails – call the person if in doubt.
Please also be aware of any email that claims that you must appear in court which prompts you to open an attached file for details.
Please report suspicious emails to Action Fraud online or by telephoning 0300 123 2040.