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Web Alert: Warning - Phishing attempts

13 June 2017

The club has recently been advised of an e-mail phishing attempt, aimed at shipowners and charterers. The sender claims to be a law firm and threatens to arrest the vessel. The attachment within the e-mail contains the latest ransom-ware software.

The wording is as follows:

Dear Sir,

We have been appointed to proceed with legal steps in arresting your vessel due to your inability to clear your long overdue payment with our client. Our client claims that several reminder has been sent to you on this subject matter without getting any response from you.

Find attached lawsuit filed by our client including Court and lawyer cost. Kindly review and revert with your comment. Meanwhile, vessel will be arrested by the court till further notice.

Your urgent response will be appreciated.

Anyone receiving such an e-mail should forward it to their internal IT department, to determine if it is malicious, before opening any links or attachments.