Warning after scam police email

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Police are urging people who have received an email purporting to be from Lancashire Constabulary to delete it because it is spam.

Many people around the world have received an email that appears to have been sent from a legitimate Lancashire Constabulary email address.

The email appears to come from ‘Lyn Whitehead’ and is asking the recipient to pay an invoice that is attached to the email.

This is spam, and if you have received it you must not open it. Instead delete it from your email system.

If you have opened the attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached.

You must change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.

This email has not been sent from Lancashire Constabulary.

A third party supplier to the Constabulary has had their data breached, as a result of the breach this Lancashire Constabulary email address has been spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide.

There is now an investigation underway to determine the source of the attack on this third party, but police want to reassure people that the Constabulary’s systems have not been breached or compromised in any way.

The email has not been generated from inside the Constabulary or by the Constabulary.

If you have shared information with police, they can assure people that it is safe.

You can get more advice on this by visiting the following websites:

http://socsi.in/XFHmc

http://socsi.in/12Sqi

If you have opened the attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts - http://socsi.in/LkRUZ

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If you believe you have been attacked by the virus, have had your data breached and have suffered loss as a result, then please report this direct to http://socsi.in/6IS5z rather than reporting it to the Constabulary on 101.