Sometimes you get emails pretending to be from legitimate sources, but they’re asking you to give away personal or private information.
This is called phishing.
Fraudsters will ask for personal details that the bank or other real companies will never ask for. They may also ask you to take actions that seem suspicious.
Here are some examples of what a fraudster may ask you to do:
Phishing can lead to pharming cyber attacks if the email contains a harmful link. Take a look at our guide to pharming so you know how to spot it.
If you think you’ve fallen victim to a phishing scam, report it. Have a look at our information on reporting fraud, then contact us. For a full breakdown of the steps to take, see our guide for fraud victims.
Not only is it important to report phishing scams so we can handle any information you might have given away, but it’s also crucial to report these phishing emails so we can beat fraud.
Fraudsters will try and target as many people as they can, so if you report the phishing email to us, we can prevent it spreading further.
Make sure you’re staying safe against all scams. Browse our fraud guide so you’re up to speed with the different types of scams.
If you think you have been targeted with a phishing email, let us know.
Forward the email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also forward the email to Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre at NFIBPhishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.co.uk.
Have a look at the steps we recommend you take to report fraud and who to contact