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Scams and Hackers

Scams and Hackers

Authored by Phil Meekin

Phil Meekin

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According to Citizen Advice, 22,000 people were affected by scams of some kind in 2012. Let’s try and cut down on the scammers stealing our money.

I have received lots of emails in the past where they ask you to verify passwords and usernames. The sites look very legitimate but once you enter your details they have full access to your accounts.

The majority of banks, financial online facilities advise you that they will not ask you to verify passwords, usernames or PINs via email. So please contact your provider directly before entering any information if you are suspicious of scams and hackers.

According to The Guardian website, Should you encounter any scams you should report them as soon as possible to:

  • Action fraud 0300 123 2040
  • Your local trading standards office via citizens advice 08454 04 05 06
  • Your local police station, using non-emergency number 101

Always think twice before entering into an agreement with someone on the doorstep, signing up for something that sounds too good to be true, and verifying security information for any account. Let’s try and cut down on the scammers stealing our money.

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