Jul 28, 2012

Bottesford NHW Alert: Beware of Scam Holiday Emails

At this time of year many of us are going away on holiday and scammers may try to use this to their advantage.
We have been informed that some holidaymakers have had fake emails sent from their email account to everyone in their contacts list. This example suggests the person has been robbed while on holiday abroad. The email asks for the recipient to loan them some cash so they can get back home.

This is a regularly used scam at this time of year, attempting to trick people into thinking that their friend has been robbed while abroad and desperately needs financial assistance. When your friends and family are on holiday these requests may seem quite real.
Please don’t fall victim to these fake emails. Never send money to someone who asks for it in an email like the one mentioned above unless you have checked the validity of the claims being made.
If you think your account has been hacked, it's important that you change your password to something very secure and check that your computer does not have any spyware by keeping your anti-virus software up to date and running checks regularly. Don’t write down your passwords and be extra careful when using public computers.

To report fraud or get advice, consumers can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, visit www.actionfraud.org.uk or forward scam emails to email@actionfraud.org.uk
Sent by:
John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626
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