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Stay Safe Online – Nuisance Phone Calls, Bogus emails and Online Scams

Stay Safe Online – Nuisance Phone Calls, Bogus emails and Online Scams

Stay Safe Online If you are self-employed, it’s that time of year when self-assessment tax returns are due – but watch out for bogus emails, purported to be from HMRC, offering tax rebates, threatening penalties for tax evasion, or asking for personal or payment information.

Stay Safe Online – Scam emails that are after your passwords

Stay Safe Online – Scam emails that are after your passwords

Stay Safe Online – Two scam emails to watch out for

Cyber security alert – warning to all businesses – there is a phishing email going around which appears to come from:

[email protected](yourcompanyname).uk

“We are currently developing Cyber Security and Phishing Awareness training packages to be provided to the whole company. The aim of the training is to raise awareness amongst our employees regarding current Cyber threats, social engineering attacks and other forms of malicious hacking.

Once completed we hope to have a stronger response to Cyber threats, company-wide. This training will provide ongoing assurance to our Partners and Stakeholders; as well as our current client base. Please could you follow the link below so that we can prepare your Cyber Security Training package for you and once it has been prepared you will receive an email after 72 hours with detailed instructions on how to complete the training.

The training is all done online and can be completed in under 30 minutes.

Take me to my training

Many thanks,

IT Support ”

And it will have your company name and address at the bottom of the email – so, it looks really authentic.  If anyone in your organisation has clicked on the link and input credentials, then they must change their password immediately and you need to check for any security breaches.

Email scam
Watch out for this scam email that appears to come from someone you know – the fraudster is hoping you will click on the link and put in your password.  (Dropbox is file sharing software.)

Subject: (Friend’s name) sent you an important document

(Friend’s name) sent you an important document via Dropbox

Access Document

Click on the Access Document to find the attached document for your expedited option.

Thank you
(Friend’s name)

What to do – just delete the email – but let your friend know that their email has been compromised and they need to change their email password immediately.  If you have accidentally clicked on the link and put in your password – ring us 01948 840102

Sign up here for Which? Scam alerts direct to your inbox:

https://campaigns.which.co.uk/scam-alert-service/

Find details of recent scams here: www.actionfraud.police.uk and on our Facebook page:
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Published in the December edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

 

Stay Safe Online – BT scam emails

Stay Safe Online – BT scam emails

We’ve had a few Apple computers in recently – they are working perfectly well but won’t connect to some things because of new updates – we can solve these problems and enable access to all websites – so don’t despair – give us a ring.

Stay Safe Online – new computer set up, safe hosting, latest scams

Stay Safe Online – new computer set up, safe hosting, latest scams

I am still getting phone calls on our landline purporting to be from Microsoft.  Criminals can now spoof their phone number to make it look like you’re receiving a call from a genuine organisation.  If in doubt, hang up and call the organisation directly using a number you’ve personally found.