31 December 2015 - Email Scams

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland(Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message)Message sent byBrian Connel (NW Scotland, Administrator, Scotland)

Today I have been reminded that the scammers don’t stop for Christmas and New Year and may use this time of year, when you may be using the internet more often to make purchases or contact family and friends, to target more victims. One of our members report having received two scam emails in the last 24 hours, one purporting to be from Apple and the other VirginMedia, both asking for bank details confirmation. I myself received a spam email a few days ago asking for my bank details relative to an alleged PPI refund.

You may have heard this advice many times but if another reminder saves one person from the scammers it is worth it. You can often tell a spam email because:

  • the sender’s email or web address is different to the genuine organisation’s addresses

  • the email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address

  • the email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting such as 'dear customer’

  • the email threatens that unless you act immediately your account may be closed

  • you're asked for personal information, such as your username, password or bank details

  • the email contains spelling and grammatical errors

  • you weren't expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it

  • the entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than text format

  • the image contains a link to a bogus website

The latest scam emails can be seeded with malware – so if you have any doubts DON’T OPEN IT!

Remember scams can also arrive by post, phone call, text message or from someone coming to your home.

For more information on cyber threats and scams also consider visitingwww.sbcc.org.uk and www.actionfraud.police.uk (where you can also report scams) 

Stay safe and secure this New Year!    

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