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Ofcom Spectrum Licensing Malware Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

Inboxes are currently being hit by malware emails that falsely claim to be from Ofcom Spectrum Licensing. The emails claim that you should open an attached Microsoft Word file to view ‘important documents relating to your Wireless Telegraphy licence or application’. 

However, the emails are not from UK regulator Ofcom and the attached file does not contain Spectrum Licensing information.

In fact, the emails are an attempt by online criminals to trick recipients into installing malware. Ofcom has warned consumers about the fake emails via a post on its website, which notes:

05|08|15 Some people have received an email that appears to have come from Ofcom spectrum licensing. The email has not been sent by Ofcom – it is a hoax and should be treated as spam and deleted. We have not experienced a breach of our data or systems, and we are investigating as a priority.

If you open the attached Word document, you will be instructed to enable macros to allow the document’s content to be viewed. However, if you enable macros as requested, a malicious macro will attempt to download and install further malware. Once installed, the malware can record sensitive information such as your bank account login credentials and send them to online criminals.

If you receive one of these emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains. 

Example

Subject: IMPORTANT – Document From Ofcom Spectrum Licensing

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find attached an electronic version of important documents relating to your Wireless Telegraphy licence or application.

Please read the document carefully and keep it for future reference.

If any details within this letter are incorrect, please notify Ofcom Spectrum Licensing as soon as possible. It is the Licensee’s responsibility to ensure all information we hold is correct and current.

If you have any enquiries relating to this document, please email

[Email address removed]

Yours faithfully,

Ofcom Spectrum Licensing
Riverside House
[Address and contact details removed]

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer