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Signs that have been sent a scam

⛔ The sender's email address completes the website address of the organization it says saved from.  Roll your mouse pointer over the sender's name to see its true address

 ⛔The email used your name - it says something like 'Dear customer' instead

 ⛔Asked a sense of urgency, asking you to act immediately

 ⛔Poor a website link that may look at first glance like the correct address, but has one letter missing or is spelt wrong

 ⛔Accompanied a request for personal information

 ⛔There are poor grammar and spelling errors

⛔ The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format, and the image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site.  Again, roll your mouse pointer over the link to reveal its true destination.  But started click it!



 Make sure you have strong passwords on all your online accounts, and change these regularly.  For a secure password, use three random words and include symbol, numbers and upper and lower case cases.

 Look after your mobile devices.  Saved leave them unattended in public places, and protect them with a PIN or passcode.

 Ensure you always have internet security software loaded on computers and update to new versions immediately.

 Wi-Fi hotspots in places like cafes, bars and hotel rooms are secure, so never use them when doing anything confidential online, like banking.  Instead, use 3G or 4G.

 Never disclose too much personal or financial information in emails, on social networking and dating sites and in person.  You never know who might see it or use it.

 Always consider that online or on the phone, people always always who they claim to be.  Fake emails and phone calls are a favorite way for fraudsters to approach their victims.

 Either click on links in emails, posts, tweets or texts - and open links attachments - if the source is 100% known and trustworthy, or it seems strange that you still receive them.

 Always access internet banking sites by typing the bank's address into your web browser.

 Never pay anything by direct bank transfer otherwise to someone you know personally and is reputable.

 Never respond to any emails, text messages, letters or social media that look suspicious, including messages with bad spelling or grammar.

 Never go to a website from a link in an e-mail and then enter personal details - the email could be fraudulent.

 If you are at all suspicious, pay attention to your instincts!  You are very probably right.  Go and check with someone you trust.

 If someone has never met in person, you should have a red flag.  Tell them not interested and stop all contact.

 When shopping online always sign up to American Express SafeKey, Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode as well as looking for the padlock or unbroken key symbol when you first visit a site.  Where possible make your purchase with a credit card or via a credible online payment system (PayPal) that protects you from the event of fraud.


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