With all the bad news about the economy, bank bailouts and who knows whatâ€™s next, email scammers are very quick off the mark as this email, in the FIR comments Gmail account this morning, suggests.
Itâ€™s worth repeating:
- If you get any email from your bank, or other financial company who you do business with, that requires you to log in to your online account, don’t â€“ instead, pick up the phone and call your bank to ask if they sent you the email.
- Donâ€™t click on links in emails if you donâ€™t know who the sender is, no matter how compelling it might seem.
- If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Pay attention to spelling and grammar â€“ could be a clue to how genuine the email is. Then again, maybe not :)
What other safeguard suggestions are there?
I got this one too Neville – my advice – never act on any email communication from your bank. Always log in direct from the site itself and any important messages (if it’s anything like Lloyds TSB, will be waiting there for you. Be very alert, over cautious and cynical.
Sound advice. Never click on anything in an email, that’s my practice.