Queen Elizabeth II died last week at the age of 96After a reign of 70 years, has attracted global attention and may still attract the focus of cybercriminal elements who exploit the historically significant event to spread Phishing emails and other scamsAccording to the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC).
The NCSC, part of GCHQ, has Issue of Public Cyber Guidelines As for the current period of national mourning, that said there could be an increase in incidents in any way connected to the Queen in the coming weeks.
The NCSC said cybercriminals will often play on people’s emotions to get their target to click on a scam email – A technique known as social engineering – and with so many people deeply affected by the Queen’s death, they might just take this chance.
“As with all major events, criminals may exploit the death of Her Majesty the Queen for their own gain,” the agency said.
“While the NCSC has yet to see extensive evidence of this, as always you should be aware that this is a possibility and be alert to emails, text messages and other communications relating to Her Majesty the Queen’s death and her funeral arrangements.”
Since many historical phishing scams have centered around providing a paid service for essentially free, the NCSC points out that you don’t need a ticket. For Joining Lying-in-State And you don’t have to pay to participate.
Other tactics may include offering non-existent deals on train and coach tickets or hotel accommodation for people traveling to London.
In general, it’s good practice to be suspicious of any unsolicited email you receive, even if it seems completely genuine at first glance. Phishing emails can be exceptionally well-crafted, spoofing well-known companies and brands in fine detail, and are therefore difficult to spot.
However, there are some common signs of scams that can make it harder for you to become a victim yourself. Be wary of receiving messages claiming to be from an official source such as your bank, GP, solicitor, or government agency Beware of messages that give you a limited time to respond – cybercriminals will often try to threaten you with fines. Messages that affect your emotions, evoke feelings of panic or fear or even curiosity, can be suspicious, such as messages that offer you something rare or a deal that seems too good to be true.
If an email appears to be from your bank, it’s important to note that financial services companies will not ask you to provide personal information via email, or call you to confirm your bank details.
If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of an email, contact the alleged sender directly but do not use a number or address in the email – search for the organization online and contact them directly using the details on their website.
Additionally, NCSC operates a phishing email reporting service, where any suspicious emails can be forwarded and reached [email protected]. As of 31 July 2022, more than 13 million emails have been reported and more than 91,000 scams across 167,000 URLs have been removed.
The NCSC is unable to provide information about the results of its review, but the agency works on every email it receives, analyzing the content and any websites linked to it.
A number of steps are taken when malicious activity is detected It can, for example, try to block the address the email came from and work with website hosting companies to remove harmful websites. If it receives multiple reports of identical or similar emails indicating a larger campaign, it can also try to raise wider awareness about them with the help of its partners.
However, this address should not be used to report suspected crime or if you are a victim of fraud or cybercrime. In such situations, you should contact Action Fraud via its website or by calling 0300 123 2040 if you live in England, Northern Ireland or Wales, or Police Scotland on 101 if you live in Scotland.
Official information on arrangements and protocol following the Queen’s death can be found here.