Scary Scams

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With so many incidences of hacking and personal data breaches reported on a daily basis, how can you make sure you’re doing the best you can to keep your data safe?

In this short blog we take a look at the latest tricks and tips scammers are using to gain access to your personal information and what you can do to stop them.

Phishing

The concept isn’t new. The idea is that scammers send you fake emails or texts, purporting to be from a bank or similar and trick you into parting with your passwords so that they can gain access to your bank details. Often the email address looks genuine and the fake website isn’t bad either but there are usually giveaways if you look closely enough.

Currently, there are reports of fake Apple ID texts being sent to customers asking them to send their log in details and attempting to gain access.

You might also get sent an email from eBay claiming that an item you’ve paid for has been dispatched. Again this is just a scam to get your details so be vigilant and if you are under any suspicion that the email may not be genuine talk to your bank or the supposed origin and then delete and block sender if you can.

The sophistication of these phishing emails and texts improves year on year and anyone can get tricked into revealing too much information. No one is safe, whether you’re in the public eye like Judge Diane Ritchie or a retired postal worker, the targeting is indiscriminate.

IT Fixes

You’re happily tapping away on your computer when you get a call from an tech guy claiming to be from Microsoft and telling you about a virus in your computer he’s been “authorised to remove”.

This has recently come back into the news with a rise in certain areas of the country and it’s absolutely crucial that you do not hand over any details of your computer or your bank details to anyone online. If you’re worried that your laptop does have a virus call in a professional to take a look or take it to your nearest repair store. Alternatively simply run a virus check to determine if you’re machine has been infected.

If you do receive a call of this nature, hang up immediately and block the number.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall victim to these scammers and it’s not just the elderly who fall prey. Year on year the scams become more daring and more convincing. New avenues are explored and more sophisticated websites and ways of making contact are found that make the approaches seem so genuine.

The golden rule is do not pass on any details to anyone without first checking out the validity of the source. Yes they will pressure you and yes you will feel like you’re being over cautious but better to take this approach then to be left facing the fact that your details have been used against you to empty your account.

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