New phishing emails impersonating the Aviva brand
We've been made aware of phishing emails being sent to some financial advisers that work with us, which look as though they have come from Aviva. Phishing is a type of social engineering where an attacker sends a fraudulent e.g. fake or otherwise deceptive message designed to trick a person into revealing sensitive information.
What to look out for
The phishing emails are sent from an email address spoofing Aviva and using the name of a genuine member of staff. The latest examples are coming from @mail-myavivaplc.com. Here is an example of what the email looks like;
Subject: *The name of your company*
By way of introduction, my name is **Staff member’s name** from the department of The Aviva team overseeing your firm's operation. Our compliance team has issued a directive to you to complete a form on your firm's details and operations. Please confirm that this is the correct email to send the secure information to.
**Staff member’s name**
Please keep in mind that these phishing emails may use other fraudulent email domains spoofing Aviva.
What do I do next?
If you receive an email that you think may be suspicious, do not click on any links or respond to the email and report it immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org, or report it to us via our Fraud Hub. We also recommend that you;
- Report it to email@example.com by forwarding the email or a screen shot of it. This service is provided by the National Cyber Security Centre, the UK government organisation that has the power to investigate and take down scam email addresses and websites.
- Mark the email as junk and then delete it
- If you think you've clicked on or responded to a fradulent email, please follow the advice on the National Cyber Security Centre - if you've shared sensitive information
We are investigating this, and are taking action to shut down any fraudulent domains identified.