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Can you spot a fraudulent email?

You may occasionally receive emails pretending to be from companies such as Amazon, eBay, PayPal or Apple. Do you know how to identify one which is clearly NOT genuine?

Look at the following email which I received and see what you feel is suspect …. (there’s quite a few !)

If you have any doubts about an email, do NOT click on any links, but log onto your account using the supplier’s website – eg. http://www.amazon.co.uk, http://www.ebay.co.uk, http://www.paypal.co.uk or http://www.apple.com with your password to check for any alerts.

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Password security check !

eBay has recently had their customer database “hacked” and are writing to all users advising them to change their password IMMEDIATELY as a precaution. They say your PayPal account wasn’t affected as it’s on a different server.

(Note that ebay aren’t alone in this problem, other widely used online services have experienced a similar problem – for example many of my clients use Yahoo mail accounts, provided by BT) and have had their accounts “hacked” and in many cases lost valuable data, because they didn’t have a backup copy of their email and/or contacts.

HOWEVER, if you’ve used your ebay password for other online accounts (which is very common), you should seriously consider changing their passwords too.

Cyberstreetwise recommend – quite rightly – that you …..

Passwords for different sites

 

 

If you don’t want to choose a completely separate password – you could consider adding the name of the service (eg. “-ebay” or “-hotmail” or “-PayPal”) to the end of each password ?

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