John Heslop

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In just over two weeks, the public has passed on more than 160,000 suspect emails. National Cyber Security Centre reveals range of fraudulent sites it has blocked with the help of the British public Scams include attempts to exploit coronavirus fears through fake offers of testing kits and face masks Public have flagged more than...
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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a suspicious email reporting service in partnership with the City of London Police. You can send your suspicious emails to [email protected] and the NCSC’s automated programme will immediately test the validity of the site. Any sites found to be phishing scams will be removed immediately. The service...
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Video conferencing services for Individuals The COVID-19 lockdown means many of us are now using video calls to stay in touch with family, friends and work colleagues. Heres how to set up and use video conferencing services, safely and securely… Guide Sheet – video-conferencing for individuals Video conferencing for organisations  The COVID-19 lockdown means many...
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Detective Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson – North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) We’re please to bring you ‘The Little Book of Big Scams, reporduced by kind permission of The Metropolitan Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit – your comprehensive guide to the types of fraid which is having a huge impact on our economy. We...
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Ransomware is malicious software that prevents you from accessing your computer or data. Normally you will be asked to make a payment in order to ‘unlock’ your computer or access your data. However, the NCSC enourages you not to pay the ransom as there is no guarantee you will get access to your computer or...
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A scam is currently circulating via text which states that the recipient has been spotted leaving their house on more than one occasion and must pay a £35 fine. Victims who click on the link contained within the message are asked to provide their payment details. The malicious text has been designed to look like...
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We want organisations, businesses and individuals to be able to spread the message and get involved in the campaign so we can all help protect the nation against financial fraud. The link is as follows:  https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/business-toolkit/ STOP Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. CHALLENGE...
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The following trusted official guidance has reached me from Action Fraud so please feel free to share amongst your networks, as you see fit, the attached might be useful advice to counter the tactics used by fraudsters. The majority of current reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser,...
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The North East Business Resilience Centre COVID-19 Protect Advice At this challenging time, we are here to support and help you as much as possible. We are already starting to see a significant increase in cyber attacks, with the main type being Ransomware attacks.  These are often hidden in attachments to emails. We have pulled...
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Security experts say a spike in email scams linked to coronavirus is the worst they have seen in years. Cyber-criminals are targeting individuals as well as industries, including aerospace, transport, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and insurance. Phishing emails written in English, French, Italian, Japanese, and Turkish languages have been found. The BBC has tracked five of...
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