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Warning as hundreds report fraudster email scam

06 April 2017

According to the Office of National Statistics, fraud is now the most commonly experienced type of crime. Phishing is one of the main types of email scams which fraudsters use to target people. The City of London Police revealed that fraudsters are turning to kindness with new phishing emails which encourage the recipient to open an attachment on the false premise that they could have already fallen victim to scammers. In the case of the current scam, opening the attached document leads to malware being downloaded onto the victims’ computer, which attempts to take sensitive data from users. This could be bank details or passwords which can be used to take money from the victim.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK called it “sad and unfortunate” that many older people in vulnerable circumstances are particularly at risk of online fraud and scams. This can be attributed to more older people living alone or with dementia and more going online. “It is doubly upsetting,” she noted, “to think that there are fraudsters out there that are happy to exploit those people who have worked and saved throughout their lives.”  

“Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that older people can protect themselves from online fraud, and friends and family can also play a role."

Tips for avoiding scams

Here are some tips on what relatives, friends and older people themselves can do to protect themselves and others from cybercrime.

  • Never click on links or open any attachments in unsolicited emails
  • Refuse to give out personal details including bank account details
  • Set up a spam folder in your email account
  • Always install software updates as soon as they are available
  • To protect yourself from malware, always have up-to-date virus protection installed, but this can't always prevent your computer from becoming infected.

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