Extortion Attempt - Real Example

Extortion emails are often attempts to trick the victim into paying large amounts of money based on a threat to expose personal information to family, work and friends. 

The majority of extortion attempts are false, the attacker does not actually hold the information or data they say they do. Head of Innovation at the Cyber Resilience Centre (CRC), Detective Superintendent Neil Jones received this email recently and wanted to share it as an example of what to look out for. 

Tell tale signs of a false extortion attempt:

CyberCrime and the Law - Useful Advice for Businesses, 28th May

crcOnline crime continues to evolve with devasting finacial consequences, but what does this mean for businesses? How can you keep your place of work safe from cybercriminals and what is at stake?

Join us on the 28th May as we discuss the latest cybercrime trends, what businesses can do to prevent attacks and what laws and methods are in place to tackle this growing problem. 

Public Urged to Flag Coronavirus Related Email Scams as Online Security Campaign Launches

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, has launched the cross-governmental ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign along with the pioneering ‘Suspicious Email Reporting Service’. 

This will build on the organisation’s existing takedown services, which have already removed more than 2,000 online scams related to coronavirus in the last month, including;

Three-Month Membership at No Charge in Response to COVID-19

Action Fraud reported a 400% increase in COVID-19 related crimes and scams in March alone. As many businesses have fewer staff members checking online systems and more staff working remotely, more vulnerabilities are present for cyber criminals to exploit during this chaotic time.

Cost-Effective Solutions to Online Crime - 16th April, 10am

Many businesses have become more vulnerable to cybercrime as they respond to COVID-19. The National Cyber Security Centre reported a 400% increase in coronavirus related crime in March alone. 

Join us on the 16th April to learn more about the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester. A not-for-profit venture between Manchester Digital and Greater Manchester Police with a mission to strenghen the region's resilience to online crime. 

Register here:



Updated Coronavirus Fraud Briefing – 24 March 2020.

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The first report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1 March and 13 March, 38 reports in just four days (14 March – 18 March) and 84 reports between 19 March and 22 March.  

COVID-19 related fraud reports increase by 400% in March

Recently, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to COVID-19. Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1st February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000. 

There were 20 more reports in February related to COVID-19. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1st and13th March, and 38 reports in just four days (14th–18th March).