THE MDAT-GoG (Marine Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea) has received information that there have been numerous attempts to encourage mariners, in the Gulf of Guinea region, to send in information that may have sensitive commercial elements to questionable recipients.
The Nigerian Navy have also sent a message to ‘All Ships Transiting in/off Nigeria Waters / GOG.
A copy of one of the phishing emails is shown below
From: Regional Coastguard [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Montag, 27. Juni 2016 14:38
Subject: GOG Coastguards/ security alerts
Dear Vessel Owner,
The regional coastguards require the following information for your vessel: XXXX That is presently in the Gulf of Guinea regional waters:
Vessels VHF channel
This is to enable our office to give any necessary alerts to vessels while they are approaching the different ports.
Kugo Pascal Darcy
GOG Regional Coastguard
Vessels and shipping companies are advised to be on alert and to verify such messages.