Be Careful With These 3 Types of Phishing Emails

Victims will end up providing them with sensitive information, such as bank details, passwords and PINs.

Cybercriminals will use a range of different legitimate-looking emails to trick people into compromising their personal security. Here are a few common tricks that cybercriminals use:


The Competition Winner

Competition emails are likley to be phishing ones - do not open them!

These are emails that claim that you have won something extravagant or you have inherited money from an unknown relative. Most of the time, these are false and deceptive. They require you to click on a link which will download a virus onto your device.


The Unknown Relative/Business

Beware of emails that claim to be from a long lost relative or a business offering.

This email takes a more cunning route as it claims to be a long-distance relative, a lawyer or a business. The email will state that you have inherited a certain amount of wealth due to the death of an individual or you are owed money by a particular business. It will request for you to reply and provide them with bank details from which they will steal your money. Don’t reply to them.


The Tax Verification

Beware of emails that claim to be from HMRC

All businesses must submit tax so this scam is popular. The message states that there is an outstanding refund due to being underpaid for a certain tax year. It will require you to submit your bank account details to verify them. Upon clicking the link, you may download a virus or if you enter bank details, you may be subject to fraud. Be wary of this.


What should I do if I receive a phishing email?

  • Don’t click on any attachments, links or open/download any photos;
  • If you deal with a business mentioned in the email, give them a call to verify the email and forward to them for further action;
  • Report the scam using;
  • Delete the email permanently from your computer;
  • Don’t reply to the sender;
  • Report any suspicious looking emails and websites to your IT Helpdesk team.

description: Have you apparently won an iPad? Or heard from a relative you've never heard of? What do you do? In this post we will discuss the three most common types of scam/phishing emails and how you should manage them to keep yourself and your IT system safe.

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