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Phishing email alert

Published
12.12.2018

If you have received an email from us which you weren't expecting please read this.

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We would like to alert you to phishing emails that are being sent pretending to be from Gloucestershire County Council, requesting payment of an invoice.

Your vigilance is the best defense. If you receive an email that you weren’t expecting please speak to a known contact on a known contact number in the first instance, before clicking on any links or taking any other action.


Quick Tip: Hover your mouse over the mail address or any links embedded in the body of the email. If the address looks weird, don’t click on it, action it or reply.

Other signs to look out for include:

  • Incorrect or unusual area codes given on contact telephone numbers
  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • A sense of urgency, e.g. the invoice period was in the past, so the payment appears to be overdue
  • Requests for payments in ways you are not used to

If you are unsure then always check: call the person you think sent the email using a known contact number.

For more help staying safe online please visit https://staysafeonline.org/

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