440% rise in shipping-related phishing emails in the last month

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

When you receive an email to confirm your order has been shipped, how do you know it’s genuine?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has shared research which reported a 440% rise in shipping-related phishing emails in the last month*.

Criminals can imitate emails from retailers and suppliers to try and con you into handing over your personal details. They may ask you to click through a link to track your order or view your online account. A recent example asks victims to log in but is actually a ploy to steal their email address and password.

Remember, scams like these are rarely targeted to individuals. Instead, criminals will send in bulk to a large database and hope that someone takes the bait.

You can protect yourself from cyber criminals by being cautious of suspicious emails and not clicking on links unless you know you can trust them. The NCSC has guidance for dealing with scams on their website. For further information visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/suspicious-email-actions

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