Due to internet scams becoming more common the Financial Crimes Unit of the RCIPS is reminding the public to be extremely cautious when receiving unsolicited emails.
These scams often ask the user to divulge bank details or invite the recipient to enter into a business agreement.
The most recent scam appears to be more convincing and plausible than most and asks initially only for proof of identity, telephone, fax number and a forwarding address. The email, purportedly sent by a barrister, states that the recipient is a beneficiary to a large sum of money in pounds sterling; stating that all legal papers will be processed upon the recipient’s response.
The FCU is issuing the following tips for staying safe online:
• Know who you are dealing with – always use reputable sites and always access internet banks by typing the address into your browser. Never go to a site using a link in an email.
• Keep passwords and PIN numbers secure – always be cautious of unsolicited emails or calls asking you to disclose any personal details or card numbers. Your bank and the police would never contact you to get this information.
• Check your statements carefully – if you notice anything irregular, check it with the bank immediately.
• Keep your PC secure – use up-to-date anti-virus software and be extra careful when using internet cafes or computers that you have no control over.