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?