Cyber scams are on the rise
Due to a lot of businesses still working from home, cyber scams (phishing) seem to be on the increase and this is costing businesses a lot of time and money to restore their credibility and customer assurance from an attack.
The most common attacks of late are delivery notifications and point/gift cards that request you to pay a handling and shipping fee so that your order/orders can be delivered. Of course if you have not ordered anything of late then you can just delete immediately but if you’re not sure, how can you verify it’s authenticity.
What does it look like?
Below is an example of a email scam using the company Primark to make it look like a genuine reward.
- Firstly check to see where this email came from, you can check the ‘from/reply-to’ at the top of the email.. if it looks suspicious and doesn’t have the company’s name it’s more than likely a scam.
2. Check the context of the email. If there seems to be links within the text then do not click as these links themselves can have malicious code which could infect your computer. This also includes the unsubscribe button.
3. If all looks ok and there is a number to call then try dialling to confirm it’s authenticity.
Report the scam
To help prevent these scam emails from circulating please report to the National Cyber Security Centre
- on May 2, 2021