In an increasingly online world we are often just one click away from catastrophe.
Many people believe they wouldn’t fall for a phishing fraud – but scammers have become increasingly sophisticated in their methods.
Often it can be hard to tell the fakes from the real deal.
What to watch out for
However, there are often hints – some subtle, and others less so, to look out for.
- Strange emails addresses or URLs
- If they have copied a firm’s branding, small flaws in the design may reveal it’s not real
- Generic greetings – if it’s genuine they’d likely call you by your name.
- Asking for personal details
- Creating a sense of urgency in a bid to get you to click on a link
Report scammers to police
The advice hub also warns people to be wary of emails from people they have never heard of claiming they have won a competition they don’t remember entering, as well as emails that offer investment opportunities with guaranteed returns.
Take our quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a real email and one sent by phishing fraudsters.