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Beware of coronavirus phishing scams

Beware of coronavirus phishing scams

In order to follow Government guidelines and stay home many of us are using technology in new ways, such as online shopping. This can give scammers a good opportunity to strike online with phishing emails and texts. Throughout the month of March alone Action Fraud has announced that fraud reports have increased by 400%.

A phishing scam is where the scammer will email or text you pretending to be a trusted source like a bank or the NHS. These emails or texts could ask you to click a suspicious link or attachment which can take your personal information.

How can you spot a phishing scam?

  • Look out for mistakes – a scam message could have many grammar and spelling mistakes. Texts and emails from genuine sources will be spelled correctly and use the right grammar.
  • Urgent wording – You should be wary of any message that is worded to make you panic and asks you to act quickly. Scammers will want you to act quickly so they have your details before you realise you have been scammed.
  • Getting too personal – Scam emails and texts will ask for your personal information like your bank details or passwords. You shouldn’t reply with this information unless you know the source is genuine.
  • Suspicious links – Don’t click on any links or attachments unless you are sure they are genuine. Suspicious links and attachments are commonly used by scammers to get your information.
  • Fake email addresses – You should always double check the email address. Does it look genuine? You should be suspicious of any email address that you don’t recognise or is misspelled.
  • A complete surprise – You should be cautious of any email or text you receive that you weren’t expecting and seems completely out of place.

If you do encounter a scam, it is best to let others know either through a phone call or social media so others can be aware of what to look out for. You can also report scams to Action Fraud. For more information on coronavirus scams and phishing emails you can visit: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04/coronavirus-scams-how-to-spot-them-and-stop-them/

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