Further information concerning fraudulent emails
Fraudulent emails sent in the name of the police or other authorities have been circulating in recent months. The purported senders include the Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP, police authorities such as fedpol, cantonal police forces or Europol and/or individuals such as Federal Councillors Elisabeth Baume-Schneider and Karin Keller-Sutter, fedpol Director Nicoletta della Valle or fedpol vice directors. The most important information regarding this situation can be found here.
Typically, these fraudulent emails impersonate Federal Councillors Elisabeth Baume-Schneider and Karin Keller-Sutter or fedpol Director Nicoletta della Valle and other members of fedpol’s management board have also been used: Eva Wildi-Cortés, Yanis Callandret, Stéphane Theimer, Emre Ertan and Simon Spoerri.
The senders sometimes falsify their email address so that the domain name appears to be that of an official government office (for example: bund-erklarung_nrXX@gs-ejpd.admin.ch). Often a fictitious Gmail address is used, 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 the phenomenon of fraudulent emails purporting to be from the authorities can be found on the website of the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC.
- It is also strongly recommended that you file a criminal complaint. By systematically filing a complaint, you can assist the police in the fight against cybercrime.
- To do that, contact your nearest police station.
- Filing a complaint online: complaints in connection with certain cyber offences can now be submitted online in 12 cantons via the Swiss ePolice platform (currently: AI; AR; BE; FR; GL; GR; LU; NE; SG; SZ; ZG; ZH.).
Last modification 06.02.2024