Cheshire Police Warn about Fake E-mails Following Hack into Two Churches
Police for North-West England's Cheshire County have issued an alert to residents for being watchful of strange electronic mails after cyber-criminals hacked into the e-mail accounts of two churches located there, reported nantwich-news.co.uk dated July 21, 2012.
The two churches are St Theresa's Church and St Mary's Church inside Wilmslow and Middlewich respectively both in Cheshire. The e-mail scam targeted these institutions, with unwitting Internauts receiving fraudulent e-mails telling them to send money because the e-mail sender believably had arrived and got harmed inside an overseas nation.
Meanwhile, according to Police, cyber-criminals mayn't have targeted just these two churches.
Telling further about the hack, Mark Gammage, Police Inspector stated that within both the instances whose reports were made to his team on July 20, 2012, all persons whose e-mail ids were in the churches' digital contact lists had been e-mailed stating that harm had befallen on their community pastors while they were stuck inside one Spanish city. Wilmslow.co.uk published this dated July 20, 2012.
Gammage cautioned that any e-mail asking for cash must get treated with care. Many-a-times such e-mails had poor grammar and spellings that clearly indicated they were scams. So such messages must be deleted without supplying any money or bank info demanded, he added.
Importantly, what worried Gammage was that elderly residents alternatively the more susceptible might get victimized with such scams. He therefore advised all getting the said kind of communication towards ignoring its matter as also informing police. More advice was available concerning the kind of problem from one's area cops, Citizens Advice Bureau and Trading Standards.
And as regards any person who may've by now wired money there's appropriate information from police.
This includes: stopping any additional communication with the scammers; doing away with dispatching them any additional cash; incase of disclosing one's bank account particulars to the fraudsters, the person requires talking to his bank instantly; incase there's threat owing to non-cooperation with the scammers; the victim requires informing the police instantaneously; and finally, one must be alert of further possible scam attacks because his information may most likely get passed onto other scammers after the former attack's success.
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