Cyber Crime

The trouble with Cyber-crime is that it is very difficult to prevent an attack as security software may not always pick up absolutely everything so you must also look out for potential threats yourself.

So – what to look out for:

  • Don’t open attachments or click on any links included in unsolicited emails. Even if you do recognise the sender, be suspicious if the email is worded oddly as computers and email addresses do get hacked. If you’re unsure, always check with the sender before you do anything.
  • Be wary of emails with attachments suggesting that you must act quickly, this may make you feel obliged to open the attachment without considering the source of the email.
  • Poor English or asking for inappropriate information could mean that the email is part of a phishing scam.

Gareth Lloyd, head of digital security at HMRC, said: “HMRC never contacts customers who are due a tax refund via email – we always send a letter through the post. If you receive an email claiming to be from HMRC which offers a tax rebate, please send it to and then delete it permanently.”

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  • Only download software from a known website onto your computer.

If you’re making a payment, check that the website is secure: with https:// at the start of the address and a key or padlock symbol in the address bar.

Good security practices should help to reduce the possibility of falling victim and lessen the consequences of an infection by ransomware or other type of malware.


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