'Deceptive site' warning

Deceptive Site Warning - 14 October 2022

Dear Participants,

If you have visited the virtual campus in the last two days, you may have seen a “Deceptive Site Warning” or similar message in your web browser.

This has been caused by Google incorrectly identifying our virtual campus as a phishing site.

We have lodged several appeal requests with Google and are trying to work with them to have this incorrect categorisation revoked.

My team have been working hard to ensure our systems remain in a secure and stable state. There is no indication or evidence that malware or erroneous code has been added to the virtual campus. This error message has been caused by an automated checker returning a false positive.

It is not best practice to ignore these messages, they are usually a very helpful part of keeping you safe online. However, I can confirm that it is safe to “ignore the risk” and continue to use the virtual campus. You may need to select “See Details” in order to be able to select this option and continue past the error message. If you see this message when trying to access any other websites, I would not encourage you to take this action.

Not all browsers will have picked up the latest security list from Google and so you may not see this message and can continue using the campus as you normally would. We hope the erronrous categorisation will be revoked by Google some time today and you will no longer see the message when accessing the virtual campus.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our support team by emailing

I apologise for any inconvenience this has had in your continued learning and development.

Best regards

Chris Witham

Head of Digital Learning for Leadership

NHS Leadership Academy