Your email account can be a target for unwanted promotions and offers. Sometimes these can be malicious and contain viruses that can harm your devices or attempt to steal your identity.
Here are our top tips for using your email account safely.
- Be aware of "phishy" emails - watch out for unexpected emails, texts or posts urging you to click on a link or attachment.
- Check for obvious signs phishing, like poor spelling and grammar, or low quality versions of recognisable logos. Does the sender email look legitimate, or is it trying to mimic someone you know?
- Delete and block spam or junk emails.
- Remember that a genuine bank or other organisation will never ask you for your password via email, text, instant message or phone call.
- Be aware that sender emails can be spoofed to appear as if they are being sent from an organisation or person you know.
You can forward suspect phishing emails to: NFIBPhishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk
If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Action Fraud is the UK's first national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number.
Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves. For more advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 .
20 Feb 19 1:07 PM