After terrorist attacks, natural disasters or political unrest scammers will often increase their activities.
Their attacks come in three main ways:
- messages asking for help using emails, text messages or social media posts which seem to be from the victims or their families.
- fake official emails, text messages, social media posts and phone calls claiming to represent charitable organisations.
- providing links to traumatic or sensational footage or images connected to the incident which lead to the automatic download of spyware, ransomware or other malware.
- Do not click on links in unexpected / unsolicited emails, social media posts, instant messages, or texts.
- Do not click on attachments in unexpected / unsolicited emails.
- If you get a phone call asaking for donations after an inciden,t regard it as fraudulent and put the phone down.
If you become the victim of a scam, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk