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April 14, 2021

Echo a victim of phishing scam

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One of the screens the phishing scam pops up. DO NOT click on any link that looks like a Dropbox link sent to you by the Echo in recent days.
One of the screens the phishing scam pops up. DO NOT click on any link that looks like a Dropbox link sent to you by The Echo yesterday.

As a result of a phishing scam, hackers yesterday sent many people an email, purportedly from The Echo, entitled ‘Find the copy – PDF’. This was not a genuine Echo email.

The Echo has issued the following advice to any recipients of that email: DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK AND ENTER YOUR PASSWORD.

Please DELETE the email, rather than mark it as spam.

If you follow the link and enter your password then it is most likely that your email will be hacked too. If this is the case you will need to CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD STRAIGHT AWAY.If your email has been hacked it is likely that all of your contacts will receive the same or a similar scam, that your contacts may then be deleted, and all incoming mail may be forwarded to another address and/or deleted.If you received the email, followed the link and entered your password, you will need to check if you are still receiving emails or if other settings have been changed. If you are unsure if any of these things have happened it would be best if you contact an IT person for assistance.

As a result of our email account being hacked, emails that were sent to [email protected] or [email protected] between 1.07pm and 4.42pm on Thursday 8 January were deleted from our system. We think we have restored those emails but if you sent The Echo any correspondence during that time we would greatly appreciate it if you could send it to us again.

We apologise for any confusion or inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.


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