Police warning over bogus e-mail links

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POLICE have warned computer users to look out for an e-mail scam.

Rutland residents have reported receiving a message claiming to be from Microsoft about changes to the company’s services agreement, which come into force on October 19.

According to police, the e-mail is an identical copy of a legitimate Microsoft message but with website links replaced by links to harmful pages.

A police spokesman said: “The links host pages that attack your computer and exploit vulnerabilities in order to install malware.

“This type of attack is known as a drive-by download and is very effective because it requires no user interaction to achieve its goal.”

National fraud reporting centre, Action Fraud, has advised people who think they may have received a scam e-mail to delete it straight away without clicking on the links inside.

If you are concerned you have received a scam message, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk