Despite the fact that there are repeated warnings made to email users to be wary of ‘phishing’ people continue to get tricked every day. Phishing is the practice of tricking users to give out sensitive or financial details and every year thousands of well-meaning victims are affected by it.
Usually the con will include leading a person to a fake website that looks similar to one that they use. Here they are told to log in with their password and log-in. However, they are not taken to the actual website, and now conmen have their information and can log into their real accounts to quickly drain their accounts.
It is becoming harder to avoid these types of fraud as the fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated to get around the knowledge that people have. Calne, Wiltshire women Camilla Jackson aged 38 lost a total of £1,500 because she fell for a phishing scam that replicated PayPal.
Back in December of last year she received an email that said it was from PayPal asking her to log into her account and change her password. She did as she was told, and soon received a receipt from the real PayPal service that told her £1,500 was taken out of her business account and paid to another PayPal customer.
It was at this point that Jackson realised she had given her password out to a fraudulent individual that used it to log in and send money to themselves. PayPal assures its customers that they will help guard against internet fraud, but Jackson said they were dismissive of her situation stating that it was out of their hands and that she should have recognised that it was a fraud.
Lloyds eventually replaced the missing money but it took quite a bit of time to do so and Jackson reported it was difficult because she did not know the process and it took awhile to get through.