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Sudden plague of Phishing / Spam messages

I  have received about 30 suspicious emails.

They claim to come from reputable sources like Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco etc. but when you inspect the sender address its often:

contact@cron-job.org (10 times)

contactesa@aprimo.com (8 times)

Given they are not who they are pretending to be and they offer a link to click on,  I treat them as potentially malicious.  Whatever they are doing it is not reputable.

Have made net reports to Virgin media but that doesn't stop them.

What is the best way to deal with them? UK govt  Action Fraud only want to know about this stuff if a crime has happened - but for that to happen I would have to be daft enough to click on a malicious link.

Given how persistent these Phishers/Spammers are it must be easy for someone to catch them or at least block them?

 

 

 

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Re: Sudden plague of Phishing / Spam messages

I would suggest you continue with the action fraud route. I have made reports via this route without actually having fallen for the fraud.

The trouble is though that most of these fraudsters hide behind compromised accounts, and/or work from territories out with the reach of the UK and other national security agencies.
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Just tried action fraud, but the questions were definitely for instances where money has been lost and a fraud has definitely occurred. The submission results in a crime number. Its not designed for reported suspicious emails and it was was difficult to submit relevant information.  There needs to be a facility to point out suspicious email activity.  Also pretending to be somebody else (like Tesco, Amazon etc.) in an email needs to become an offence.

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Re: Sudden plague of Phishing / Spam messages

If you haven't fallen into the scammers trap you can still use the action fraud site to report the attempt.  https://reportlite.actionfraud.police.uk/

Edit: There may already be a neighbourhood watch scheme set up for you area, if so, do please join it.  If not then why not set one up so you can help expose these and other scams with your neighbours. http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/knowledge-base-category/how-to-get-involved/

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Thanks, that link is to a much more appropriate system than I was using.

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I am still getting spam/phishing emails from contactesa@aprimo.com despite moving them all into Spam.

How can I block this (and other) specific email addresses given Spam filtering doesn't seem to be working?

Have looked at my Spam settings but cant see anything to help there. Mine are set to default.

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Re: Sudden plague of Phishing / Spam messages

Also seen a recent increase in phishing spam and marking them as spam doesn't stop them, even though the same sender is repeated many times (e.g.contactesa@aprimo.com).

Why is it that Microsoft Outlook picks these up straight away (without even having to block them), but Virginmedia's email application is incapable of detecting them ?
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Re: Sudden plague of Phishing / Spam messages

Now getting phishing mails "from" Paypal and HMRC.  The latter had an attachment it wanted me to open claiming it was a statement of the VAT I owed.

Looks like Virginmedia's shields are down.  Tried reporting it by phone to Virginmedia but got an indifferent response.

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Yes, I've had the HMRC 'VAT is owed so please open the attachment for full details' rubbish. Why are these suddenly getting through, Virgin?

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Re: Sudden plague of Phishing / Spam messages

Forwarded that one to ******@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk who confirmed it was a scam under investigation.

I am not receiving phishing and scam emails in my other mailboxes, just in my Virgin Media one.