Whether you are a business or individual, please be aware of the following phishing email which purports to represent HM Government Health and Safety Executive.
The original phishing email has an attachment, and the criminal states that in order to read the nature of the complaint, the recipient must open it.
DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT
Many phishing emails lure the recipient to click on a link, in this example the danger to your computer and network is opening the attachment which could result in a range of threats to your computer and network including ransomware in which file are encrypted with a demand of up to £200k for the files to be unencrypted. In the following phishing email, there is an attachment and shortcuts to avoid.
Hyperlinks have been removed and edited from the email below, to prevent any accidental launching of the hyperlink.
PHISHING EMAIL BELOW
From: HSE Health & Safety 12:30 < SHORTCUT EDITED BY POLICE> Sent: 09 June 2020 11:31
Subject: HSE Complaint Escalation
<SHORTCUT EDITED BY POLICE>
online message for ()
This is an official notification regarding an occurring investigation (case UEBDOGIH) made by our team (Health & Safety Executive).
We have received a complaint against your company regarding possible violations during the period of March - April 2020.
The main reason described in the complaint is regarding the inability of your company to adapt and respect the government regulations during this period.
We will begin our investigation targeting a period of the past three months.
The complainant will remain anonymous until an eventual trial will begin.
* possible sanctions may include the permanent suspension of your company's activity
* a complaint with the local prosecutor
Before we move forward we are expecting an answer from you and we will also schedule a phone call to discuss things further.
The complaint in full has been attached to this message, including the official HSE accusation.
Note: This email was sent from a notification-only email address which cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply directly to this message and wait for our call and hard copy letter.
Health & Safety Executive
HSE Complaint Escalation