How do we know if something is a scam?

One of the most important things to remember is that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

Other warning signs are:
• Someone you don’t know contacts you out of the blue
• You’re asked to give away personal information like passwords or your PIN
• You’ve been asked to transfer money quickly, often to solve a problem you didn’t know you had
• Someone refuses to confirm the company or organisation they are contacting you from
• Email addresses or links within an email don’t look right

How do scammers dangle bait to fish (phish) for information?
Phishing – a term coined in the mid-1990s to describe how scammers dangle bait to ‘fish’ for passwords and other sensitive data – is still the most effective line of attack. Fake emails, text messages (referred to as smishing) and phone calls (vishing) aim to trick you into thinking you’re dealing with a genuine company.


David Rose

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