This is a SCAM – do not respond to fake Companies House emails

This is a SCAM – do not respond to fake Companies House emails

Scam Alert

The following email is just one of many received at our offices today and similar emails have been reported as received by some of our clients. It is a scam to set a trap for you.

WARNING! – DO NOT RESPOND – DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS IF YOU RECEIVE A MESSGE LIKE THIS

For your safety, we have removed all links from this message.

Companieshouse.gov.uk

A company complaint was submitted to Companies House website.

The submission number is 9659174

For more details please click :

Please quote this number in any communications with Companies House.

All Web Filed documents are available to view / download for 10 days after their original submission. However it is not possible to view copies of accounts that were downloaded as templates.

Companies House Executive Agency may use information it holds to prevent and detect fraud. We may also share such information, for the same purpose, with other organisations that handle public funds.

If you have any queries please contact the Companies House Contact Centre on +44 (0)303 1234 500 or email

Note: This email was sent from a notification-only email address which cannot

accept incoming email. Please do not reply directly to this message.

 

 

ALERT – Mass spamming event targeting UK computer users

ALERT – Mass ransomware spamming event targeting UK computer users

20131121 Urgent Alert

The NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit are aware of a mass email spamming event that is ongoing, where people are receiving emails that appear to be from banks and other financial institutions.

The emails may be sent out to tens of millions of UK customers, but appear to be targeting small and medium businesses in particular. This spamming event is assessed as a significant risk.

The emails carry an attachment that appears to be correspondence linked to the email message (for example, a voicemail, fax, details of a suspicious transaction or invoices for payment). This file is in fact a malware that can install Cryptolocker – which is a piece of ransomware

Cryptolocker works by encrypting the user’s files on the infected machine and the local network it is attached to.

Once encrypted, the computer will display a splash screen with a count down timer and a demand for the payment of 2 Bitcoins in ransom (Approx £536 as at 15/11/2013) for the decryption key.

The NCA would never endorse the payment of a ransom to criminals and there is no guarantee that they would honour the payments in any event.

Lee Miles, Deputy Head of the NCCU says “The NCA are actively pursuing organised crime groups committing this type of crime. We are working in cooperation with industry and international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible and reduce the risk to the public.”

An NCCU investigation is ongoing to identify the source of the email addresses used. Anyone who is infected with this malware should report it via Action Fraud

Sound advice can be found at GetSafeOnline

Advice: This is a case where prevention is better than cure.

  • The public should be aware not to click on any such attachment.
  • Antivirus software should be updated, as should operating systems.
  • User created files should be backed up routinely and preserved off the network.
  • Where a computer becomes infected it should be disconnected from the network, and professional assistance should be sought to clean the computer.
  • Various antivirus companies offer remedial software solutions (though they will not restore encrypted files).