Keeping safe online, something we always hear about..but how many of actually follow the advice? Our screen time is up, and many of us will be spending more than usual online and shopping (no judgement here). Although we’re enjoying our online hauls, it’s worth remembering how to keep your details safe and secure. During this time, staying alert is essential to avoid the higher volume of attempted scams. We’re here to give you some quick updates on keeping safe from these online scams, keep reading for more.
Double-check when sending funds
Be cautious when it comes to your online banking; don’t rush into payments if you’ve received a pushy email or a phone call requesting your information or more a bank transfer. If you’re not expecting a call from the company, hang up and search for the official phone number for the company and call them directly to check if they were trying to get in touch with you. Most companies would never call you and request a payment or information over the phone without prior warning via official email or written letter.
At TransferHome we’ll never request you to make bank transfers for our service. If you think we’ve contacted you but are unsure if it’s an official call, get in touch with our customer service and we will confirm.
Often, those trying to scam you will tell you that there’s an issue with your account and make threats of immediate legal action if you do not comply with payment. Try not to panic; often scammers can make the situation sound very convincing they are professionals and trained to pressure you into making payments. Emails and phone numbers can be used to make contact from the scammers more legitimate, that’s why it’s so important to make sure you contact the official company.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
If you’re offered a product or service online that sounds like a bargain that might be too good to be true, it probably is. Always do your research on the companies, check their reviews, make sure the company has a trusted website.
Many companies operate on social media, although many are legitimate, it is common for people to transfer funds for goods purchased over social media and never receive them.
During the times of Covid-19, the number of phishing email scams has risen, to make sure you and your family do not fall victim to the same tragedy then lookout for the following hints.
Often scammers are looking for your passwords, financial information, identity details and money. When you receive emails from scammers beware of clinking on any links, attachments or log-in pages, these are the places they will attempt to gain access to your details. Mostly upon receiving these emails, we’ll become curious about what the information states or fearful that if you do not take action that you’ll receive consequences. However, often this is not the case, and scammers rely on scaremongering to force you into handing over money. If you’ve received an email and you’re unsure of how official it is, look for the typical telltale signs such as spelling and grammar mistakes, the address of the sender and unrealistic offerings.
Rest assured at TransferHome we make it our priority to keep any information you’ve trusted us with secure. We will never email you asking you for personal or financial information, as we previously mentioned, our customer service team are here for your help whenever you may need it if you have any worries.
Stay tuned for more blog posts on how to ensure you’re safe while online. We’re always looking for tips and tricks to share with you, and these are important ones to share!
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