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Beware of fraud and scams

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We have become aware of a number of our network and their customers who have recently been targeted via ‘online fraud’.

Please read through the below and become familiar with ways you can spot a scam.

The term ‘online/telecommunications fraud’ refers to any type of fraud scheme that uses email, websites, chat rooms, phone or message boards to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims to conduct fraudulent transactions or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or others connected with the scheme.

You may be aware of some recent threats that include emails being sent to mobile phone devices that requested the download of a security certificate. This download installs a malicious application onto the mobile phone which can forward on personal details and SMS messages received.

Another common threat involves links within emails. Some links are not always what they seem. They can lead to websites that download unsafe software such as spyware, releasing a virus onto your system to find out your personal information.

How to protect yourself

1.     To check where a link will really take you, hover your mouse icon over the link. The real address should appear in the bottom left corner of your screen.

A secure website address will always:

  • Begin with ‘https://’, not ‘http://’
  • Display the image of a closed padlock. The location of the closed padlock is dependent on the browser, but generally is located near the URL bar. Please see below for details:

Chrome

Internet Explorer

Opera

Please note that as this link demonstrates, extreme care must be taken before any personal details are provided.

2.     Always check that you’re on a secure website before making a payment

3.     Never click on any links or open any attached files in a spam email

4.     Always keep strict privacy settings on social networking sites

5.     Don’t respond to text messages or missed calls that come from numbers you don’t recognise

Please click here to find additional information that highlight the common frauds and how to protect yourself from these occurring.

Regards,

The Loanbrite team

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