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This fake Norton antivirus email could really ruin your weekend

Audio player loading… Consumers have been warned to be on the lookout for malicious emails claiming to be from antivirus firm Norton.The UK’s Action Fraud body has revealed a new email phishing scam using the Norton brand in order to steal money and personal information from victims.Action Fraud says it received 110 reports in just…

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Consumers have been warned to be on the lookout for malicious emails claiming to be from antivirus firm Norton.

The UK’s Action Fraud body has revealed a new email phishing scam using the Norton brand in order to steal money and personal information from victims.

Action Fraud says it received 110 reports in just seven days relating to fake emails purporting to come from Norton, showing the scale of the threat involved.

Fake Norton antivirus scam

In a tweet, Action Fraud said that the fake emails claim the victim’s antivirus subscription has either expired or is due for renewal.

Victims are urged to contact a fake support team in order to cancel the non-existent subscription, but the contact number included is a scam, with operators who will look to extract personal or financial information. The emails also often contain fake website links where victims will again be targeted for their valuable information, which could lead to bank accounts being drained.

The emails sport official Norton branding, and often even have an em

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