Recently, there has been a large increase in the number of scam emails targeting NHS organisations - including recent local examples such as the one pictured below.


Cyber crime groups are becoming increasingly more sophisticated - with email scams (like the one above) being made to look like they are being sent from a trusted source when they are actually being sent from a fake address - known as ‘email spoofing’. 

What should you do?

  • If you receive an email that is unexpected or suspicious, do not open any links or attachments. 
  • Report it to your IT Service Desk and then delete it. 
  • Never respond to it or forward it on to anyone else.

Be email aware

  • Be suspicious of generic greetings such as "Dear sir or madam".
  • Check the sender’s email address to see if it looks legitimate.
  • Never open links or attachments from senders you don’t recognise.
  • Check the address of any links by hovering your mouse over the link (without opening it) to see if the address matches the link that was typed in the message.
  • Check for spelling mistakes and poor grammar which could indicate the email is a scam.
  • Be suspicious of emails that claim you must click, call, or open an attachment immediately. 
  • Never provide financial or sensitive personal information like usernames and passwords over email.