Wednesday 15th Sep 2021
Often when there is large scale business interruption or change, fraudsters seek to exploit people by taking advantage of this situation to commit fraud. In fact, my personal e-mail was bombarded over the weekend by fraudulent e-mails trying to get me to open attachments or click on suspicious links, just two of the methods used by cyber criminals. The Fraud Advisory Panel website contains a list of the latest examples of frauds being seen.
I regularly get asked, how can people keep themselves and their businesses safe and my top tips are outlined below:
Don’t be afraid to question any requests for identity data and information
To identify genuine requests, hover your cursor over the email sender to see if a legitimate email address is visible and stand back and think did you expect the email and then verify the sender's address.
Don’t click on links from unknown senders
Cyber criminals may use subject headings such as “Coronavirus warning” leading to clicking on a link or open an attachment which may be a malware attack.
Do be vigilant
There is a lot of commentary on the economy and for some, money and the need to press for payment may increase. Be vigilant about demands to pay urgently and always verify where you are sending money.
Do be cautious to people offering you a way to keep your pension or savings safe
In this volatile market if it sounds to be good to be true it probably is, do not be fooled into transferring your assets by someone offering something others cannot.
In summary, keep in mind that we will never:
- Ask you to reveal sensitive information such as your PIN or your account log in details.
- Ask you to move money from one account to another or request an upfront payment to release your funds.
- Pressure or rush you to make an important decision regarding your facility with us. If you only do one thing to protect yourself, your family and friends from fraud, I would recommend reading some of the top tips on the UK Finance endorsed website and pass on their advice:
You can read more about the author of this article Paul Hallett in our meet the team series