_ National Cyber Security Centre _
Phishing emails are just awful: they are increasingly hard to spot and are sadly becoming even more commonplace as more of us move across to working from home. When we’re in the office we’re in professional mode: we’re more watchful and vigilant of suspicious-looking emails. When we are in our own homes we’re more relaxed, and unfortunately, can be more susceptible to cyber crime.
The NCSC recognises the pain phishing emails cause and has not only produced guidance on keeping yourself safe but also created a reporting tool you can use to leave those phishers with empty nets - the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS).
If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can now forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): firstname.lastname@example.org
The message might be from a company you don’t normally deal with, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it.
Since its launch in April 2020, SERS has already received over 1.7 million reports of phishing emails and, as a result, more 6,500 malicious sites have been taken down. This is extremely bad news for the cyber criminals but great news for Charities and everyone in the UK living and working online.