Email ID theft scam – National Statistics / Census

by Mary Latham

9:28 AM, 31st January 2012
About 7 years ago

Email ID theft scam – National Statistics / Census

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Email ID theft scam – National Statistics / Census

WARNING From Office of National Statistics Bogus email with links that COULD ACCESS YOUR PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION

I have checked this out and it has come from Wolverhampton City Council; it is a genuine warning Statement from Director of the 2011 Census, Glen Watson, Friday 27 January 2012.

Email Scam

We are aware that an email entitled ‘Population Census: a message to everyone – act now’ is being circulated, allegedly in the name of National Statistician, Jil Matheson. This email demands individuals provide further personal information, supposedly for the Census and threatens fines for non-compliance.

This email is a scam and a hoax. It has no connection whatsoever with the National Statistician, the 2011 Census or the Office for National Statistics.

We believe the links in the email could download malware to any computer where the user clicks on the links. This could put your personal data, including financial information, at risk.

Anyone receiving this, or similar emails, should delete them, not open any links and certainly not provide any information.

For more information on how to protect yourself from this type of threat, please see www.getsafeonline.org

If you wish to, please report receipt of any such suspicious emails to www.actionfraud.org.uk

ONS takes the protection of personal census information extremely seriously. Collection of census data was completed last year and no further requests will be forthcoming from the Office for National Statistics relating to the 2011 Census.



Comments

20:22 PM, 2nd February 2012
About 7 years ago

Thanks Mary.

On the ball as ever


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