A malware warning to our customers

Parking tickets are the latest form of ransomware, fraudsters are sending out emails purporting to be from a legitimate company called UK Parking Control LTD (UKPC) that claim you have a parking ticket.

The convincing looking emails entitled “Parking Charge Reminder” claim you have parked on one of UKPC’s client’s private land. The bottom of the email asks victims to click on “payment options and photos” for more information – a link that is likely to contain malware.

Parking charge reminder email example

If you receive one of these emails, please delete it straight away without previewing or opening any of the attachments.

The emails contain randomly generated reference numbers and quote a charge of £90. UKPC have received hundreds of calls from worried recipients and have confirmed that they would never contact people in this way.

At Neuways, we are constantly looking at these new and emerging threats and assessing the most effective tools for helping you minimise your chance of exposure. This may include email filtering, endpoint protection or backup solutions.

In our opinion, ransomware is the most significant threat posed to businesses in recent years and unfortunately shows no signs of diminishing.

 

Sit back, assess the situation and take 5

If you receive one of these emails, please delete it straight away without previewing or opening any of the attachments.

Please be vigilant and remember:

  • If you see a suspicious email, don’t open it – delete it.
  • Make sure your anti-virus is up to date.
  • If you think you may have opened one of these emails, switch off your machine immediately and call us on 01283 753300.
  • Spread the word – warn friends and colleagues of these current dangers

The best and final line of defence against these current threats is yourself and your fellow employees – if people don’t open these emails, they can’t activate.

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