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 – 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:
“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
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.
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
Click on the Access Document to find the attached document for your expedited option.
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
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Published in the December edition of the Whitchurch Gossip
And if you hover over ‘Sign in to HMRC online services self assessment’ you will see that the link will take you to ‘nagata-k.net’ which is obviously nothing to do with our UK Government! If you do accidentally click on a link – don’t enter any personal information, passwords or usernames – and if your computer starts acting strange, turn it off and ring us – advice is free 01948 840102