Phishing and Ransomware Alert

Reports are circulating that fraudsters are calling educational establishments claiming to be from the Department of Education (this is a clue, as of course it should be the Department for Education).

They ask for the contact details of head teachers and financial administrators in order to send over guidance forms (these have varied from exam guidance to mental health assessments), and want direct email addresses on the basis that it relates to sensitive information.

Once they have the email addresses they send an email with a .zip file (potentially masked as an Excel or Word document). This attachment will contain ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (up to £8000) to recover the files.

Although these scammers operate all year round and LGfL's Email Filtering Systems are very effective, we thought it best to post this reminder to exercise caution when opening emails from unknown parties - specifically, don't open attachments and be wary of links within emails. If in doubt about the validity of a message please contact the helpdesk.

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