Fraudsters have found another way around our email spam filters. Their latest technique uses the fact that Gmail’s anti-spam filter allows all traffic from their own servers. So, all the scammers need to do is send unsolicited calendar invitations to our email. Not only do the filters not block them but they are also automatically added to our calendars. When we open the invitation there is a malicious link inside which takes you to a page informing you that you have won a prize and simply add your credit card details to pay for postage. Obviously, there is no prize and it’s just another phishing exercise for fraudsters to steal your personal and financial data. One in three UK adults will be the victim of a crime like this in 2019.
Tips and Advice
- From who? – If you receive an invitation from someone you don’t know just decline it
- Don’t click! – Never click on any links or attachment, it is much safer to go to your account if you have one or go independently to the website
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam.
- Turn off – the automatic adding of invitations to your calendar
- 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? – 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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