As you know there are a large number of scams around and a lot of you have written to me to ask me to publicise these so that the message is passed on to as many people as possible.

Email Spoofing is when a sender’s email address has been forged to appear as though it was sent from someone, or somewhere, other than the actual source. These can be “spoofed” to appear as though they have come from your bank, utility company, a well-known company or even a friend or family member. The purpose of these emails is to trick people into opening malicious attachments, or clicking on links that taken them to fraudulent websites which will steal details such as usernames, passwords and other sensitive information. 23% of people that receive phishing emails will open them. It takes only 82 seconds for a cyber-criminal to ensnare their first victim in a phishing campaign. 95,556 phishing reports were made to Action Fraud between Nov 2014 and October 2015.

Behaviours that put you at risk are opening attachments or clicking on links within emails that are unsolicited or unexpected, responding to emails that ask for your personal or financial details or logging in to a webpage that you have arrived at via a link in an email.

You can protected yourself by not opening any attachments or clicking on links in unsolicited emails you receive. Never respond to emails that ask for personal information. If you receive an email that asks you to login to an online account, for example, due to suspicious activity. Don’t be tempted.