Avoiding the Scammers at Christmas
22 December 2020
There continue to be reports of scam emails which claim to be from well-known delivery companies saying they have been unable to deliver packages.
These emails may ask for a fee or additional details in order to rearrange the delivery.
Here are some tips to protect yourself this Christmas:
Criminals will send out emails with links leading to fake websites used to steal personal and financial information. These emails may appear to be from trusted organisations and may use official branding to convince you they’re genuine. Always access websites by typing them into the web browser and avoid clicking on links in emails.
Check delivery notifications very carefully to ensure they are genuine. Emails, texts or cards through your letterbox may look very similar to those that are genuine but may use generic greetings, such as Dear Sir/Madam, or include spelling errors.
Always question claims that you are due goods or services that you haven’t ordered or are unaware of, especially if you have to pay any fees upfront. Consider whether you’re expecting a delivery from the company named on the card.
If you receive a delivery card through your letterbox which you do not believe is genuine and which asks you to dial a premium rate number, contact the company direct, using a number you know to be genuine.
Customers can report suspected scam texts to their mobile network provider by forwarding them to 7726, and forward any suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) suspicious email reporting service.
Find out more at https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/
People are being encouraged to protect their neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams, which provides free online training to empower people to take a stand against scams.
To complete the online modules, visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk