It's that time of the year again. There are countless fraudsters trying to rip people off and/or infect your computers.
Here are some ways to keep from being a victim;
1. Never, ever open an attachment that you are not expecting.
2. Never, ever give out personal details over the phone unless you know for 100% sure who you are dealing with. No real business will ask you for your password or PIN number.
3. Emails sent to "Customer" and the like are to be treated as bogus. They know your name. Sometimes they may send out general info emails, which don't ask you to do anything that may not use your name, but this is becoming exceedingly rare.
4. Report suspected email fraud to the company via their dedicated fraud email address. Sadly, you will need to look this up as each company used a different one; i.e. Paypal uses [email protected]
, while some using "[email protected]
", some use "[email protected]
", etc, etc.
In the UK, if it's not directly related to a specific business, but a "Nigerian" type scam or other, then you can send it to
, that's the UK's national cyber crime taskforce. EDIT:
please use [email protected]
5. Never do business over the doorstep, unless you know them, like the paperboy.
6. Never click on a link in an email, expecting it's real. Most of the time it looks almost identical. Either type it in your self, or use one of the links you already bookmarked for it.