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Fake City of London Police e-mails dupe users in new malware scam

Beware: There’s a new malware scam targeting internet users across the UK.

Cyber criminals have developed a new malware campaign that simulates e-mails purporting to be from the City of London Police.

The e-mails, which are now known to be entirely spurious, install malware on unsuspecting users duped by the con.

To trick users, e-mails arrive with the subject ‘Homicide Suspect’.

According to new information from crime reporting centre Action Fraud, the e-mails contain “vague information” about raising awareness on a recent homicide case.

The hackers suggest that readers open the e-mail attachment to “find out more information”.

However, if a reader clicks on the attachment, the malware is immediately installed on the machine.

Cyber attackers will stop at nothing and will take every opportunity they can to take advantage of people’s computers and mobile devices,” explains Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud.

Smith adds: “Be careful about what emails you choose to open and be aware of the risk of opening any documents attached. These criminals will play on your curiosity and coax you into opening what is inside. Please just delete these types of emails straight away.”

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Action Fraud claims that not all anti-virus software companies are registering these e-mails as a cyber attack.

As such, the onus is on the user to be vigilant regarding e-mails with attachments from unknown sources.

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