Fraudsters latest wheeze to get your personal details is a large-scale phishing campaign sending emails asking you to confirm an unsubscribe request. Most of these emails do not actually say what you are unsubscribing from and in their confusion many people are clicking on the unsubscribe link. The consequence of this is that the scammers now know your email address and will target you in the future, as opposed to the original email which is simply sprayed out to millions of combinations of letters and numbers which may or may not be real accounts. According to Kaspersky Lab phishing attempts grew by 95% in 2018.
NEVER RESPOND TO A SPAMMER’S EMAIL JUST DELETE THEM AND CERTAINLY DON’T CLICK!
Tips and Advice
- Dear customer? – Most scam emails are not addressed personally, so avoid any emails or texts which do not address you by name. However, it should be noted that increasingly fraudsters have through data breaches the ability to personalise emails so do not solely rely on this tactic
- From who? – Who does it actually come from, click on the sender to check, its not fool proof but it catches a lot
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- Report it – Your email inbox will have a spam button, this is one of the main ways Outlook, Gmail etc. machine learn on how to block spammers
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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