25,000 reports have lead the removal of nearly 400 phishing websites within the first week.
A new way of reporting hoax emails for analysis has been launched by the National Cyber Security Centre and the UK government.
With an 'explosion' in online phishing and scamming reported amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and with the news emerging last week that Google had found that scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about the virus to Gmail users every day, this new means of reporting such contact will have come at a much needed time for many.
Martin Lewis, of MoneySavingExpert.com, shared and highlighted the news on Twitter this morning.
The tweet read: "At last! There's somewhere to report scam emails - just forward em to [email protected] It goes to the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) it'll then be analysed and they can take down the sites doing it."
At last! There's somewhere to report scam emails - just forward em to [email protected]— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) April 29, 2020
It goes to the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) it'll then be analysed and they can take down the sites doing it.
Pls share. Lets all take these scammers down together.
Mr Lewis concluded the tweet by asking users to share this vital information, spread the word and help to "take these scammers down together".
The tweet has gained much attention across social media so far this morning since posting, with many users stressing the importance of this new feature amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and commending him for the standard of work he has been conducting at what is a crucial time for the economy.
The National Cyber Security Centre states that through phishing "the criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details)."
"These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious."
"Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords."
Thank you @MartinSLewis and everyone who has reported so far. Within a week of launching, we received more than 25,000 reports leading to almost 400 phishing sites being removed.— NCSC UK (@NCSC) April 29, 2020
For more information on how to report suspicious emails, visit:https://t.co/fmbOiM8Fp5 https://t.co/m6sxYFX7x4
The NCSC has also confirmed this morning that within a week of launching this new service, it received "more than 25,000 reports leading to almost 400 phishing sites being removed".
If you're unsure as to whether you have been subjected to phishing, check out HMRC's guidance on recognising scams here.
Do not give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you feel unsure they’re genuine.
For more information on phishing, including where to report potential scams via other forms of contact such as text/message, do refer to the official gov.uk website.