Users must be given the knowledge on how to recognise “phishing attacks,” in fact, a check list may be a feasible starting point. We are all aware that these attacks exist and are on the rise, but if the users could recognise and report the phishing emails, texts, telephone calls, adverts and websites that form part of the fraud, we can reduce the threat. 

Here is a snapshot of what to look out for: 

Spelling errors!  

Poor grammar and punctuation!  

Granulated logos – the logo is not clearly defined with sharp edges!  

Look at the “from address” – it rarely matches the company being represented 

Content – be aware of what you are being asked! 

Most frauds want you to click on another link! 

Most’s frauds ask for personal information! 

Government departments will not email you with a request, they use Royal Mail! 

Government departments rarely call you; you normally call them! 

Government departments are rarely threatening on calls! 

Advertisement that seems too good to be true, ARE! 

Telephone calls that ask for your personal information should be rejected. Tell them to send you a letter. 

Telephone calls that ask for your bank account information should be rejected. Tell them to send you a letter. 

Most, if not all frauds are designed to steal or defraud the individual! 

In support of the above, I got the following statistics from the NCSC. 

  • The NCSC managed to remove 68 000 reported frauds in November 2021 alone. 
  • They also removed 127 000 website URLs in the same period. 

If you are subject to a phishing fraud you can report the fraud to the NCSC directly by sending the mail, or a mail to report@phishing.gov.uk.  

If, through the fraud, you can prove that a crime or fraud has been committed, you can open a case on the government website below, or call them directly 

www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 

If you would like to discuss how Infoprotect UK can ensure that all mail from your domain can be trusted and seen as genuine, if you want to protect your brand reputation and domain from phishing and email impersonations attacks, then contact Brian Taylor, our Head of Sales UK to start a discussion.  

Referenced from – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk 

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