Trading Standards has issued a warning after a fake e-mail offering a reduction in council tax was sent to a resident in Aberdeen.
The message claimed to be from GOV.UK and advised the recipient they were getting a council tax reduction of £340.99.
However, the e-mail with the subject Discounts and Council Tax support was instead sent from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clicking links on scam e-mails like this can result in malware or ransomware being installed on your device.
This can then lock all your files as well as spread throughout your home or work network – potentially costing vast sums to repair.
⚠️#Scam Alert! We’ve had a report of a fake Gov UK e-mail being sent to an #Aberdeen resident. Luckily, they spotted it was a scam and reported it to us, but this is not always the case. If you’re not sure, @TakeFive and check via a trusted source! #Tell2 @CityPoliceTell2 ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/onuRBdf0Om
— Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards (@AberdeenCityTS) June 25, 2019
The warning from Aberdeen City Council’s Trading Standards team said: “Luckily, they spotted it was a scam and reported it to us but this is not always the case.
“If you’re not sure, take five and check via a trusted source.”