Back in the 90's computer with an Internet connection was a strange thing.
Here we are nearly 15 years later and you can even get an Internet connected fridge!
The good guys a Cisco have ably illustrated this with the following Infographic
Hot on the heels of this years round of scam e-mails purporting to be from the Inland Revenue and offering healthy refunds we've seen a new one today which pupports to be from BT.
This is a perfect example of phishing scams whereby scammers attempt to lure you into giving over your personal or preferably credit card details by playing the age of confidence trick and pretending to be someone that you trust
Here's a sample of the e-mail:
Looking at this it appears to come from email@example.com but looking at the headers tells us a completely different story....
This e-mail originated from an address in China and reached us via an compromised computer.
This type of scam is not new and it won't be the last time we see it. If you are one of our customers and recieve a suspect message always forward it to us and we'll be more than happy to check it out for you otherwise play by these rules;
- Big companies like BT, banks, ebay etc will never e-mail you to ask for details - they will nag you when you next log safely into the site.
- Never trust the address that an e-mail purports to come from as this can be easily forged
- Before clicking a link in an e-mail hover over it and look at what address comes up - if it's not the address you are expecting then it's most likely a fraud.