There is a large-scale fake email campaign circulating purporting to be from Martin Lewis, the famous consumer champion/financial advisor. The emails were sent from firstname.lastname@example.org and Martinlewis@publicist.com, both addresses have nothing to do with the real ones. The email looks very realistic and tries to lure the unwary in with accounts offering high interest rates. The campaign is so widespread that the FCA, (Financial Conduct Authority), have issued a warning. This kind of scam is known as a “Clone Scam” where fraudsters create a clone of a real authorised company to fool victims into think that they are dealing with a legitimate firm.
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Tips and Advice
- Dear Who? – Unless An email is addressed to you personally it is very likely to be a fake
- 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! – to the FCA
- 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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