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Dec 07

The 12 Frauds of Christmas

On a sober note for this festive season remember that despite, or even because, it is nearly Christmas we need to stay alert to protect our personal information and money. Frauds are taking new forms, such as phoney e-cards that contain viruses or threats to financial transactions carried out on mobile phones.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFID) has produced information on different types of fraud to be on the lookout for.  Click on The 12 Frauds of Christmas to download their document.
The good news is that we can apply the same basic rules to stay safe
  • Be very wary of emails from unknown senders, especially those that encourage you to open attached files.  When in doubt, just delete the email, ideally before even opening it
  • Also be very cautious about websites that you do not know and about giving them your details, especially financial details e.g. when buying Christmas presents online
  • If a known company (e.g. your bank) seems to be asking you for more information than usual (via email or a website) contact them to check that the message is really from them and not from an impersonator
  • If an offer seems too good to be true, it usually is
  • Use security software to protect your computer (and tablet or phone if you use them for signing up to services or for financial transactions)
  • Be alert for cash machines that do not look right or operate strangely and for people watching you type in your pin numbers
With the importance of online security for our business and personal lives, we shall be asking MBF members if they would like a formal discussion on this topic during 2013.