Spot The Telltale Signs Of A Phishing Scam
There are some simple things to look out for that might mean an email is not genuine
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New research by UK Finance has found that one in 10 British consumers would respond to an email asking them to update their personal information, even if they were unsure whether it was genuine. But if they took the time to look closely, it might be possible to spot the telltale signs of a scam.
Coutts is taking part in the Spot Something Phishy campaign with UK Finance, who have partnered with HMRC and Microsoft, to educate people about the dangers of email scams and how to protect themselves. ‘Phishing’ describes attempts to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, using dishonest electronic communications.
Many people still don’t take the threat seriously enough. The research found that a fifth of adults think it would ‘probably be fine’ to open unsolicited emails that appear to be from their bank or a company that they have dealt with in the past. And seven out of every 10 people would open emails offering refunds or great deals.
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Research has revealed that many consumers are still too trusting online and are easily duped by email scams. Even if they appear to come from companies you’ve dealt with in the past, emails asking you to update your details may not be genuine and those offering refunds or great deals should be treated with caution.
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