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Fake McAfee and Norton Antivirus emails

Fake emails are currently circulating posing as McAfee and Norton Antivirus informing people that their subscriptions are at an end and need renewing. The emails ask you to click through on links in order to ‘renew the subscriptions’. Some even attempt to trick you into contacting the scammers using the details at the bottom of the email.

Here are copies of the emails.

Phishing Alert

Please be alert to an ongoing phishing campaign in which the suspect sends an electronic communication, email, text, social media, WhatsApp etc,


in which the message will state similar to: ‘You have a new voicemail’ or, ‘To listen to you message’ and then invite you to click on a link.

By clicking on the link, you may be asked to provide private information, install an App, or install a file from the internet in order to listen to your alleged message. This is when a lot of nastiness can happen to your device, so I would advise that you do not to click on any link.

If you want to check whether or not you have a voicemail, then you could either click on your ‘Phone’ app which you would use to dial a number, and at the bottom of the screen there will be an option to listen to any voicemails. Or, dial the official three digit voicemail number depending on your airtime provider, for example O2 is 901, Virgin is 171, Vodafone 121.

Although I have not been made aware to this type of scam, it does not mean they are not being received. If anyone has had such a communication then please let me know.

The following is a news article about the scam dated 15/7/2021; There's another text message scam plaguing UK mobile numbers | Express.co.uk

Calls from "Matching Number"

The fraud alert below has just been sent out by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. (NFIB)

Never trust the number displayed on your caller ID, a recognisable number does not make the caller genuine.

matching numbers

Facebook Market Place Fraud

The following is a recent report to Action Fraud by someone from within Cambridgeshire.

Start of Message

I was selling my (edited) on Facebook Market Place. Someone messaged me to arrange having a look, I gave them my address and later two males arrived. They looked at it and said they wanted it and asked me for my bank details. I gave them the details and I watched as they appeared to put the details into a mobile phone, they then they sent me a screenshot of the payment having being successful. I checked my bank and it wasn’t there, they told me it could take up to two hours to clear. I rang my bank and they said the same. They left with the high value object and I never received any payment.

End of Message

We are only aware of one incident at this time, but that does not mean it is not happening elsewhere within the county.

Please adhere to the guidance of buying and selling for each of the online market places, use a credit card, use a recognised trusted online payment like Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal and others.

Await payment before handing goods over.

For more advice about buying and selling online visit either the Q&A for each specific market place or ActionFraud.police.uk