Beware of Phishing
Posted 3rd Sep 2020
Many scam messages share common tell-tale signs. Asking you to provide or ‘verify’ personal or financial details is one of them.
Protection advice and how to report
- Your bank, or other official organisations, will never ask you to share personal or financial information over the phone, or via text or email. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, call them directly.
- If you have provided personal or financial details as a result of a phishing message, or lost money because of a scam, you should report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, you should report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.
- You can report suspicious emails you have received but not acted upon, by forwarding the original message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can report suspicious texts you have received but not acted upon, by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.
- Forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to email@example.com and texts to 60599.
- For further information on how to protect yourself from cyber crime, visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/mulletover.