How to Spot a Scam

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Don’t let scammers catch you out this winter!

Scams are a bigger issue than ever now with most financial transactions taking place online. Keep your money and personal details safe online by being extra vigilant when receiving emails, pop ups or adverts. Here are a few tips to help you spot a fake:

  1. Check the logo – any genuine company will have a logo on their emails, so if you don’t see one be very careful. Some clever scammers use very similar logos in hopes of impersonating a brand, do a google search for the real logo to check the colours and shapes are correct.
  2. Don’t disclose bank details – If an email is asking you to send your account details, do not do it. If they are claiming to be a company you use, call the company direct and ask if they have sent the email.
  3. Check the email address – Always check the email address of the sender. Most large companies have their own email address domain, so if you see a “gmail”, “hotmail”, “yahoo” or other similar email address from a large company such as Tesco or Santander, it is probably a scam!
  4. Check the grammar – If the grammar or spelling is poor, this should ring alarm bells. Genuine emails will be checked thoroughly before being sent to you.
  5. Don’t click the link – If the email states that you MUST click the link provided, be wary of this. Clicking on a link can allow scammers access to your device which could in turn mean stealing your data. If you feel pushed into making a decision or taking an action, you may be the victim of a scam.

If you think you have received a scam email, phone the company that the email is from to check it is genuine, or if you do not recognise the brand or sender, delete the email straight away.

 

Stay safe and don’t fall into the traps!

 

Best wishes,

Team ACDI

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