Watch out for scammers
Scams can come in many different disguises, so it’s important to know what warning signs to look out for so you can protect yourself and know what to do if you have, or think you have been targeted.
Here are two helpful websites with further information on the types of scams: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/ articles/types-of-scam www.independentage.org/ information/money/scams/differenttypes-of-scam Here are some tips to help you keep safe online:
1. Do not re-use any of your passwords. Instead, use a password manager to create hardto-break passwords.
2. Do not shop over public Wi-Fi. You may not know if it is secure and who is listening. Only shop using a secure, trusted network.
3. Think before clicking on links in emails. If you want to shop at a site, enter that site address in your browser to avoid visiting a fake website
4. Don’t open attachments with exclusive offers. It is a classic scam. The offer should be in the email, and you should be able to see it right away.
5. Watch out for malicious adverts and pop-ups. Do not click on adverts that sound too good to be true, and ignore pop-ups that might propose the ‘best deal ever’.
6. Keep a close eye on your credit card and bank accounts. If any unexpected and strange charges appear this could very well be the first sign your card or even your whole identity has been stolen.
If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company or bank. Remember to stay alert when you go online. Think before you click! Further information is available on the Metropolitan Police website www.met.police.uk/fraud and www.met.police.uk/advice/ advice-and-information/fa/fraud/ personal-fraud/online-shopping/