Avoiding Online Fraud – How To Stay Clear Of Phishing And Online Fraud

Avoiding Online Fraud :

Every day we all get emails from all four corners of the world from people wanting to give us a few million pounds or dollars just because they like the look of our email address.

Although these scams are slightly easier to spot than most, as Internet usage has rapidly risen, so has the amount of the more technically sophisticated scams, along the lines of credit card fraud and phishing.

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Avoiding scams is normally pretty simple as long as you are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to prevent you from being caught out, but with the older generations now using the Internet more proactively over the past few years, it can be very for easy for these users to fall foul of these clever tricksters.

Phishing is where you either click a normal looking link or get redirected to a website that might look familiar to you.

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Because you do not think anything of it, you enter your username and password and from that moment the criminals have access to your details and you could be facing identify theft without even knowing it. Credit card fraud is slightly more obvious as this is where the bad boys get hold of your credit card details and start buying things that you might not even know about.

Always Use A Credit Card - 


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If you are buying online, never use a debit card and ALWAYS use your credit card, because if your details do get stolen and used elsewhere, you will be in major problems.

With a credit card you have protection against credit card theft and fraud, but with the majority of the debit cards you do not have this protection and by the time you realise you have a problem the money has already left your bank account.


Never Click Links On Emails From "Your Bank" - 

Banks do not email you, Building Societies do not email you, in fact, most of your trusted providers will not email you asking for you to login to your account or fill in an attached form. If the bank spots any issues or problems they will always ring you or write to your postal address, you simply will not get emails asking you to change your details or login in to your account. The message is simple with this one - delete any emails you get from your bank, they are fake and if you are in doubt, go to your local branch or ring the number on the back of your debit card to speak to someone.


Use A Security Suite - 

Although we recommend the McAfee Security Suite, you can also choose from others including Norton, AVG, Kaspersky and Avast. Although the full suites often involve a one off cost purchase and then a subscription, the money you will pay for these suites will be worth every penny, as a full security suite offers you a solid first line defence when it comes to protecting your computer.

Install A Site Advisor - 

McAfee, Yahoo and AVG all now offer free site advisors that you can install on all of the major browsers, including Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Site Advisors are really very, very clever as they are a very quick program that sits quietly on your browser, waiting for you to accidentally head into a bad neighbourhood or hit a dodgy site.

 As soon as you try to access a site that is considered harmful, you will be shown a red screen which tells you why the site is considered to be dangerous and then gives you the option to override the advice should you be confident it's ok.

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If In Doubt, Pick Up The Phone - 

This is one of the most simple bits of advice we can offer and yet probably the most important. If you feel the site is not safe or you are concerned it could be a phishing scam, pick up the phone and double check it. By actually speaking to someone you can then work out how real the site is or if you get emails from your bank, phone the number on the back of your card as they will verify what's going on.

The best way to avoid being caught out, along with following our advice above, is to simply use common sense and to not do anything you might not be sure about. Any good retailer will have a phone number and contact address and any site that you think might be a phishing scam is best just to leave and physically visit a local branch of the bank or give them a ring.

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