Don’t consider false ‘Martin Lewis’ viral rip-off warning about O2, Vodafone, GiffGaff, it’s nothing to do with him

What is phishing?

Although this scam isn’t something Martin or Action Fraud has warned about, it describes something that sounds like a type of “phishing” scam – many of these types of scam do exist.

Phishing is a type of spam email or text where scammers try to reel you in with the hope that you’ve got a connection to the company they’re pretending to be from.

Most of us receive plenty of these messages each year, which often include phrases such as; “your bank security is broken, click here” or “we need your help to retrieve funds”, or “your subscription’s about to run out”.

The emails or texts disguise attempts to steal your passwords, bank codes and money. Often they’ll ask for bank or credit card details. Sometimes they’ll ask you to (unknowingly) download viruses onto your computer. There’ll be some sort of link. It often looks real.

When you click on it, it’ll probably take you through to a professional-looking website – a mirror image of the real thing. You’ll be invited to put your password in – at that stage, you’ll be parting with your cash.

You can learn more about how to spot these in our 30+ Ways to Stop Scams guide.

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