This week is all about online scams. Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They can arrive by post, phone call, text message, email, or a scammer may even turn up on your doorstep.
Many scams happen online and are set up by computer hackers. They send fake emails or set up bogus websites, which may look like they come from a genuine company when they don’t. Fake emails are known as spam emails.
Scammers use these emails or websites to try to get you to give them personal information, for example, your bank account details or passwords. They may also access your wireless (Wi-Fi) network if it isn’t secure to get to your personal information. This is known as phishing.
Find out how to spot signs of phishing and spam emails here
If you receive a possible scam email:
If you have opened a scam email:
- don’t reply to the email
- don’t click on any links in the email or open any attachments
- if you have already clicked on a link and opened a website, don’t give any personal information out.
What to do next:
REPORT scams and suspected scams to Action Fraud (0300 123 2040). If debit cards, online banking or cheques are involved, contact the bank or credit card company.
TELL family, friends, neighbours so that they can avoid scams
Other useful information
- Get safe online at:getsafeonline.org.
- Google good to know with tips about online safety at:google.co.uk/goodtoknow.