The email claims you have purchased an Apple iPod MP3 player
Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, has advised customers about a new email scam which is apparently attempting to flood the phonelines of the Cambridgeshire Police Force.
Sophos has received a number of queries regarding an email users have received claiming that their credit cards have been debited in regard to an unknown purchase of a 40GB Apple iPod MP3 player.
The email claims that £399.99 has been debited from the user's credit card, and that if they have any questions they should contact the vendor via telephone. However, the telephone number given is the general enquiries line for the main police headquarters in Cambridge, UK.
In a statement, Cambridgeshire Police said: "We are warning people across the country about an email that has been sent today advising people that they will have almost £400 removed from their bank accounts."
"This appears to be a deliberate attempt to affect the service provided by the force," continued Deputy Chief Constable Alan Given, "If you received such an email we would advise you to ignore it and not ring the customer services number that is listed."
"It is too early to say who might be behind this spam attack, and whether they are simply causing mischief or attempting to disrupt the operations of the police force," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "However, it is good to know that the police are investigating and doing their best to stamp out this kind of nuisance."
The delivery address and company name given in the email do not appear to exist.
The full text of the email can be read in the hoax section of the Sophos website. Sophos recommends users ignore the email, and do not reply to it.
On 8 December, police announced that a 21-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail in connection with the incident.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.