How can you tell if a police email is fake?

Mail from the police: that not only makes you sit up and take notice. You can panic and react too quickly. It’s only bad when you realize at second glance that the message was a fake.

Interpol, Europol, the European Police Office and the German Federal Police: cybercriminals are currently misusing the names of numerous police authorities for a phishing campaign. In the emails, they try to make the recipients believe that they have received an important, urgent summons to which they must now respond.

Anyone who receives such an e-mail should not open any attachments, warns the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA). Do not click on any links and under no circumstances reply to provide requested personal information or even copies of identification.

Invitations from authorities usually arrive by mail

Important: Authorities usually summon people to hearings by mail, sometimes in person, but never by e-mail. According to the LKA, the crimes accused in the e-mails are, of course, fictitious – as is the threat to inform friends or family about the “crime” if one does not reply.

Anyone who has nevertheless already replied to the criminals or sent them data and documents should inform their local police station and, if necessary, file a complaint.

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Debunking alleged emails from the police

However, if you don’t let the emails take you by surprise and just take a closer look at the messages, you will immediately notice that fraudsters have been at work: According to the LKA, names of authorities, logos, stamps, signatures and names are mixed up indiscriminately or invented. In addition, the spelling is anything but error-free.