Residents Advised To Be Wary Of Scam Police Emails
Thursday April 19, 2017
Residents are being urged to be vigilant following a recent series of scam emails claiming to be from authorities including West Yorkshire Police.
The West Yorkshire Police Cyber Crime Team are urging residents to be on guard following a recent series of 'phising' emails sent to residents email accounts.
One email circulating claimed to be from the West Yorkshire Police Camera Unit' asking for details of the recipients' vehicle.
Another was sent claiming to be an invoice from West Yorkshire Police for £2,259.20 and asked those who received it to click on a link.
In reality, clicking on the link would download a Trojan virus to the victim's computer.
West Yorkshire Police would never correspond via email requesting personal information and would encourage anyone who receives an obviously fraudulent email to delete it and not to click on any links.
Detective Inspector Benn Kemp of the WYP Cyber Crime Team, said: "West Yorkshire Police are aware of a number of methods that criminals attempt to gain access to your system or steal from you. Please ensure that if you do receive an email that you are not expecting, get a bill you know nothing about or receive any form of link or document that you feel may be bogus, please don’t click on the link, delete the email immediately and report the email Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
"Some fraudsters claim to be from West Yorkshire Police or other bodies such as the HMIC or the NHS to trick you. Always be on guard and never click on a link / open an email that you’re not expecting."