Trading Standards warn of new email scam

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Trading Standards officers in Lancashire are warning about a new scam in which criminals are using emails containing malicious software to get hold of personal and financial information.

The emails appear to be genuine and claim to be connected with recent purchases made by the recipient. They invite the recipient to open an attachment which they falsely claim contains more details on the items they have bought.

Examples of the scam reported to the county’s trading standards service involve using ‘sender’ email addresses that appear legitimate and contain summary information about an alleged recent purchase. “These emails are designed to play on people’s curiosity and to get them to download the attachment, said Coun Janice Hanson, Lancashire’s cabinet member for public protection.