It ought to go without saying that one should never believe anything at face value.
Especially on the internet.
However, the internet is also there to help you. Here’s a few useful website links you might wish to bookmark.
As Rogues Gallery of Suspicious e-mails says, “It’s important to know that banks do not send out email messages to “Dear Customer” asking you to confirm your security details. If you receive a message from your bank, building society, insurance company, or from PayPal, telling you about some new security update, it is generally a hoax! The emails are most likely to be from crooks impersonating the bank and hoping to fool you into divulging your personal security data so they can steal your money!”
The millersmiles.co.uk website contains a comprehensive database of scam emails including, “…a wide variety of scams from eBay, Paypal, AOL, Yahoo, Earthlink, MSN and Hotmail through to Barclays, Citibank, Nat West, Nationwide, Fleet, the FDIC and Halifax Banks.”.
Get Safe Online states, “Hoax emails, such as chain letters or bogus petitions, are sometimes nothing more than a nuisance but they can be used by spammers to collect email addresses and some are more sinister. Learn how to spot a hoax.”.
Hoax-Slayer is, “…dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues.”
What is Phishing?
According to Wikipedia: “In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”