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PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre advises businesses across Northern Ireland to be on alert for email phishing scam

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Detectives from PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre are advising businesses across Northern Ireland to be on the alert for an email phishing scam.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: “This particular email will contain a link that is designed to download malware.

“People should be cautious when opening email attachments in general, but specifically if they are sent a document entitled, ‘Payment_Secure_Doc.pdf’. The subject of the email may be ‘Payment Plan/Inv’.

“If you or your staff are in any doubt about unsolicited emails, do not open the email or click on the attachment. We would remind all businesses to make sure that system patches are applied and anti-virus applications are kept up to date and to take steps to protect themselves by making sure employees are aware of the following:

∙ Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
∙ Check the legitimacy of any email received.
∙ Use two factor authentication for processing payments.
∙ Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans, including scans for malware.
∙ If you have clicked or activated the link you should seek professional advice from a reputable company.”

Further advice on protecting your business can be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni

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