Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses purporting to be from ‘Migrant Helpline’. They are using the charity’s name to trick members of the public into becoming victims of this fraud.
The email address sending the majority of emails is firstname.lastname@example.org; however multiple email addresses have been seen. The subject line currently is ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’ and the message body contains the following:
Thanks again for donating.
We’re sending it straight to Migrant Helpline so you’ll be making a difference very soon.
Your donation details:
First name: **
Last name: **
Donation Reference: 09493495
If you have any questions about your donation, please follow this link and download Your (Donation Reference 09493495), with the transaction details listed above.
With your help, Yeshiva Donations can continue to work in Syria and neighboring countries to deliver clean water and life-saving supplies to millions of people.
Your generosity is bringing much-needed assistance to families who have lost everything as a result of the crisis in Syria.
The first name, last name and telephone number are targeted and appear to be correct for those they are sent to. Once the link is clicked, a well-known Trojan (Ramnit) is downloaded onto the victim’s device. This malware is equipped to target and steal personal/ corporate banking details.
This is in no way related to our charity and we would advise everyone not to click on links or open any attachments received from unsolicited emails. Should you receive this, or a similar, email, please report it to Action Fraud here.
You can read more about safer giving here.