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The Oxhill News

June 2010

This months News

Contents

 

Know your Rights!

Advice from Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

"Phishing" Emails

The internet is fantastic resource when used properly but unfortunately criminals are making the most of it too.  One widely used scam is the "phishing" email.  These pretend to be from a bank, EBAY or PayPal etc.  They will ask for personal information such as account data and login details so they can gain access to your accounts or commit other crimes using your identity.  Recently there have been fake emails claiming to be from the Civil Aviation Authority offering compensation to travellers left stranded by the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.  Recipients were asked for passport data, bank account details and other personal information in order to gain compensation.

So if you suspect an email is from a fraudster phishing:

                never give out personal information in an email

                never click on any links it contains

                delete the email

If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to such a scam act immediately.  If relevant, log into your relevant accounts and change your usernames and passwords.  This will stop the fraudsters accessing your accounts.  Contact your banks and financial institutions and make them aware of the situation in case of problems.

You can get more information about being safe on line at www.getsafeonline.org

For more advice on problems with shopping or buying services, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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Last modified: June 09, 2010