Fraudsters have revived the Currys PC World scam where fake Currys PC World emails are being sent out suggesting the recipient has a new Samsung phone waiting to be delivered and only a few personal details need to be confirmed for shipment. Those foolhardy enough to click on the link are then taken to a fake site and asked for a lot of personal data. Giving away your personal details is todays equivalent of going on holiday and leaving the front door open. According to Proofpoint phishing attacks like this grew by 83% in 2018.
DO NOT CLICK ON ANY ATTACHMENTS OR LINKS UNLESS YOU ARE 100% CERTAIN OF THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE SENDER AND EVEN THEN STAY VIGILANT
Tips and Advice
- Dear who? – Any REAL communication/invoice from Currys will be addressed to you by name. Dear Sir/Madam/Client is a sign of a scam
- Spot the scam – avoid clicking on the email or links embedded within unexpected emails. Unless you are 100% sure its genuine. Fraudsters are professional phishers!
- Check the email address – it should be quite straight forward and not convoluted
- URL check – hover over the link to see the URL text. Go to the site, but not by using the link, and update your account if necessary
- Protect yourself – Use your spam filter. If you suspect a phishing email, send it to your spam folder. This helps to prevent unwanted emails landing in your inbox
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe