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Alert message sent 12/11/2020 08:54:00

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Crime Prevention Advice - SCAM ADVICE

Good Morning all
We are receiving reports of Scam calls being made from various people claiming to be from HMRC, Amazon and more along with E-Mails, as below
Lots of frauds start with a ‘phishing’ email. This is when the con artist sends a huge number of people a message intended to make you click on a bogus link or instal a computer virus that can help them access your banking or personal information.
Spotting a phishing email:
They often start with a non-personal title, like ‘Dear Customer’ or ‘Dear Account Holder’
Usually there’s an ‘urgency’ to take action – with claimed consequences like account closure or a financial penalty if you don’t
Sometimes there’s an offer that you might ‘miss out on’ if you don’t provide a small upfront fee
Check the sender’s email address – has it really come from the organisation being claimed?
You can protect yourself from email fraud by:
Making sure you have up-to-date antivirus software and a firewall on your computer, and check your browser is set to the highest level of security and monitoring
Not clicking on links or download files from a sender you aren’t sure is authentic
Never giving away any personal information unless you are totally sure the request is genuine
Ringing the organisation on a contact number you already have – not the one provided in the potentially fraudulent email to double check
Treating any offer with extreme caution and remember the golden rule of ‘too good to be true’
Kind Regards
Mark Raper
Community Beat Manager

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Mark Raper (Police, PC, Isle of Axholme Central & South & North)

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