We have today been made aware of a scam email which is targeting vessel owners and charterers. The email purports to be from a law firm and claims that a lawsuit has been filed by a client as a result of overdue payment, and that legal steps will be taken to arrest the vessel. The attachment sent with the email is known to contain malware, including ransom-ware.
The text of the email is as follows:
We have been appointed to proceed with legal steps in arresting your vessel due to your inability to clear your long overdue payment with our client. Our client claims that several reminder has been sent to you on this subject matter without getting any response from you.
Find attached lawsuit filed by our client including Court and lawyer cost. Kindly review and revert with your comment. Meanwhile, vessel will be arrested by the court till further notice.
Your urgent response will be appreciated.
THKS N B’RGDS
Anyone receiving unsolicited emails of this nature should treat them with caution and if in doubt as to their authenticity, should forward them on to their own IT support function before opening any attachments or links.