Further information concerning fraudulent emails
Fraudulent emails posing as the police have been circulating for the last several months. Senders impersonate various police authorities (cantonal police authorities, fedpol, Europol, Interpol) as well as Federal Departments and Offices (FDJP, NCSC, FOJ) or individuals like Federal Councillors Elisabeth Baume Schneider and Karin Keller-Sutter, fedpol Director Nicoletta della Valle and Deputy or vice Directors of fedpol. The most important information regarding this situation can be found here.
Federal Councillors Elisabeth Baume-Schneider and Karin Keller-Sutter,as well as fedpol Director Nicoletta della Valle are impersonated most frequently in these fraudulent emails. However, the names of the fedpol directorate and management have been used as well: Eva Wildi-Cortés, René Bühler, Yanis Callandret, Stéphane Theimer, Emre Ertan and Simon Spoerri.
Senders frequently use a deceptive Gmail address, for example
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
In most of these emails, the sender threatens to initiate criminal proceedings against the recipient for visiting websites containing child pornography. The senders demand to be contacted and usually send Word documents or PDFs as attachments.
What to do:
- Do not open the attachments.
- Do not reply to the email.
- Report the email to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
- To prevent further emails, you can mark the sender as spam and block it.
General information on cyberthreats is also available on the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC website.
Informations about fake threatening emails from authorities are available on the website of the National Cyber Security Centre.
Last modification 17.01.2023