“gov.uk” scam email

Another day, another scam email attempt. I must say this is one of the better attempts I’ve seen at replicating a website to harvest details.

The email itself on the other hand is a bit of a failure. Pretty awful as well preying on people who may have received covid payments from gov over last year, can see some people maybe believing this.

:rotating_light: no I didn’t go any further or give any details, this is just a heads up :rotating_light:

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The payment is from you, not for you :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

I got the £500 payment and there was a text and letter, both saying it was automatic and it didn’t need to be claimed

So it is :sweat_smile: I just automatically read that in a way that made more sense in my head, and not how it’s actually written :joy:

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Just noticed it says “payment of to all” at the start

I’m going to have to mark this attempt as 12% and fail them in their GCSE fraud exam

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I have one of these via the phone about a month ago. I was having a quiet 5 minutes so I pressed 1 to talk to someone to see what lies they would spin and how I could mess with them. Then my work phone rang, so I hung up.

Obviously by pressing to connect, I’d gone into “This person believes us” pile and I must have got 30 more calls since then :frowning:

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As an aside, gov.uk is likely one of the easier websites to replicate, as the Government Design System toolkit is open source, and available for anyone to use. They’re likely using genuine gov.uk components.

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Please do forward the email to the National Cyber Security Centre at report@phishing.gov.uk

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