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In just over two weeks, the public has passed on more than 160,000 suspect emails.
Cyber security experts have today lifted the lid on some of the online scams which the British public have reported to a pioneering new Suspicious Email Reporting Service.
Emails reported to the National Cyber Security Centre include callous attempts by criminals to exploit the coronavirus through fake offers of face masks and testing kits.
In just over two weeks since the NCSC and police launched the service, the public has passed on more than 160,000 suspect emails, leading to the removal of over 1,400 links to bogus sites.
Today the NCSC has shared some examples of what it has removed with the help of the reporting service.
The automated email reporting service makes it easier than ever for people to help protect others from falling victim to scams.
To use it, people are asked to simply forward suspect emails to email@example.com. If they are found to link to malicious content, it will be taken down or blocked, helping prevent future victims of crime.
The service was launched alongside the new cross-governmental Cyber Aware campaign, which promotes six top tips to help keep yourself secure online.
Within just 24 hours of the service launching more than 80 scam URLS were taken down in a day after 5,000 suspicious emails were flagged.
If people have lost money, they should tell their bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud, but sending emails to firstname.lastname@example.org will offer an automated service to people who flag what they think to be a suspicious email and prevent others from falling victim to these scams.