16th July 2019
I am sure everyone has received an email advising them that their bank has introduced some new security method which requires them to enter passwords and other security details into a web page or face discontinuation of a service. The other favourite at the moment is the email from HMRC asking for details to be able to action a refund of tax paid.
This is called PHISHING and is usually carried out by criminals to persuade innocent victims to give away information that they may use to gain access to bank accounts, credit card accounts or other financial accounts.
If you click on the link you are taken to a web-site which looks remarkably like the web-site for your bank or HMRC, cheekily, it may even have a warning on it that you should take care to make sure any information you provide is secure. You are invited to enter your security details. By doing this you have provided the phisher with information to permit theft of your money.
No Bank , HMRC or other financial institution would ever ask you to enter these details on an email. If in any doubt carry out the following:
The crooks are getting cleverer and sophisticated so beware. The websites look so genuine it is easy to be fooled.
Our motto is “if in doubt do nothing”, If the email in genuine they will contact you again.
Remember Banks, HMRC and other financial institutions never ask for passwords in emails.
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