We are aware of a recent trend where scammers send out convincing emails claiming to be from the IWF informing people that they have been identified as putting illegal content online and telling them to take action or report this material. Links are often included to email addresses or websites in an effort to defraud, scam, blackmail or capture user information.
We do not recommend responding to these emails or clicking any links.
We do recommend reporting the email to the government’s National Cyber Security Centre by forwarding the email to [email protected] - more information here. You can also mark the email as spam/junk in your email app which will block emails from this address in the future and alert your email provider.
Emails from the IWF will only ever come from an @iwf.org.uk email address.
We want to empower the public to protect themselves from falling victim to email scams. One crucial point to reiterate is that the IWF does not send unsolicited emails urging individuals to act on illegal online content. If you receive an email claiming to be from the IWF, asserting that you must immediately act on such content, it's a clear sign of a scam. The IWF's primary focus is on reporting and removing illegal online material, not pressuring individuals through unsolicited emails.
Genuine communications from us will always originate from our official @iwf.org.uk email addresses. This means that any emails you receive from IWF staff members will come exclusively from this domain. If you ever doubt the legitimacy of an email from the IWF, cross-check the sender's email address to verify its authenticity. Stay cautious, and don't hesitate to reach out to the IWF directly through our official channels to verify any communication you receive.