4. Look out for Phishing emails
You will see from the IPS member poll and Amazon Prime articles that Phishing emails are everywhere. Phishing is a relatively safe and anonymous way for fraudsters to try their luck in tricking some email recipients to divulge sensitive information like passwords, account numbers and credit card details in response to authentic looking emails.
They are Phishing for your data and are incredibly smart, sneaky and duplicitous in trying again and again. It usually involves an email that is so convincing – in appearing to be from Amazon or PayPal or HMRC – that the unthinking consumer accepts it as genuine and starts tapping in data that fraudsters either sell or use for a scam they are running themselves. You will almost always be invited to confirm or update some details to “remove a pause on your account” or “facilitate a rebate or prize or upgrade”. The links you click from the email will lead you to a non-official website created to hoover up that data.
TIP: If it feels fishy it probably is. Don’t enter detail into webpages that come from email links out of the blue. If in doubt login to your account in the normal way to investigate or contact the company yourself.