The following scam has been reported to Police Scotland within the Borders area but relevant to everyone.
On Thursday 28th November an email was received purporting to be from BT – titled “Brexit Terms of Service” with the following text – “Brexit draws closer and your terms of service must be updated. Here's what's changing. When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union we also leave the EU's General Data Protection Regulations. This means your contract terms must be updated to comply with our services. This requires our customers to agree to our new terms of service. To do this please follow the link. Now here's the good news! Your monthly bill remains unchanged. This includes all of your BT subscripted products”
Phishing is a scam where criminals typically send emails to thousands of people. These emails pretend to come from banks, credit card companies, online shops and auction sites as well as other trusted organisations. They usually try to trick you into going to the site, for example to update your password to avoid your account being suspended. The embedded link in the email itself goes to a website that looks exactly like the real thing but is actually a fake designed to trick victims into entering personal information.
Please be extremely wary of emails claiming to be from organisations such as BT, HMRC or your bank. NEVER CLICK ON LINKS in unsolicited email contact like this. Delete the email. You may wish to contact the organisation via the method you would normally use, NOT via any number /email in the message.
For more information on Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams please visit the Police Scotland Website https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/identity-theft-fraud-and-scams and Get Safe Online https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-your-computer/spam-and-scam-email/