Email fraud (phishing)
If an email looks remotely suspicious, don’t open it. It’s easy to click on email that you don’t recognise and be hooked by its content, but things may not be what they seem. Email fraud is commonly known as ‘phishing’. You’ll receive what looks like a genuine email from a company asking you to click on a link, download an attachment or claim you’re owed money. These are all techniques that helps fraudsters access your personal details.
Don't get hooked
- ✔ Be wary of subject lines claiming your “account has been suspended” or your account has an “unauthorised login attempt”
- ✔ Don’t click on any links or open attachments from an unsolicited email. This could allow fraudsters to access your information or release a virus on your device
- ✔ Look out for bad grammar and spelling errors. Check for misspelling in website links if it’s supposedly going to a reputable company site
- ✔ If the email is from a reputable company you use, or even a friend or family member, always contact them first to make sure it’s really them