Would you fall for a scam email?

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1. Online scammers want your cash

Each year in the UK more than three million people lose hundreds, or thousands, of pounds when they become victims of scams.

This costs UK consumers £3.3 billion a year, though it’s estimated that just 5% are reported (Citizens Advice Bureau, 2014).

Many scammers operate online using bogus emails, so what can you do to make sure you don't become an online crime statistic?

2. Ripping you off

It's reported that 84% of identity fraud is web-based (Citizens Advice Bureau, 2014). Criminals want to catch you off guard and one way they do this is by sending emails that panic you into replying straight away.

Fraudulent emails aim to take your cash off you. Most commonly this means tricking you into paying them money or handing over personal information which then allows them to raid your accounts.

However, on closer inspection these emails may contain signs that they are not trustworthy.

3. Where do scam emails let themselves down?

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Click or tap on the graphic to discover some common traits of scam emails. There are five different hotspots to discover.

4. Which of these emails contains a scam?

Take a look at the four emails that have landed in your inbox. Can you tell which ones are likely to be genuine and which ones might be scams?

Money transfer

You are contacted by stranger from overseas saying that If you are willing to assist with an online money transfer you will reap financial rewards.

Money for nothing?

Don't get too excited...

It's probably a scam

This type of message is usually associated with money laundering. If you become involved you stand to lose money and may then be exploited by other scammers.

Distressed relative

You receive an email from a loved one who is clearly upset. They have been stranded in a foreign country with no money and want you to help them.

Check the facts

Don't panic!

Is the email the real deal?

These are the kind of panic tactics favoured by scammers. How likely it is that your loved one is in trouble? Try to contact them on the phone or via a friend.

Bank password

You're worried when an email from your bank or buliding society appears in your inbox. The message asks you to reset your password - and it's urgent!

Proceed with caution

Visit your bank's website

Type in the web address yourself

Banks will never send emails asking you for your password. If in doubt visit the bank's website or phone them for more information.

An amazing offer

News of big discounts and time-limited sales will more than likely drop into your inbox. You may have signed up for them when you made an online purchase.

Stop and think

Do your homework

Check out the sender

Many offers are genuine but be cautious. Before clicking on a link, search online for the shop or service to check out its website or customer reviews.