Age NI is offering online safety tips to older people in Ballymoney and Ballycastle to help protect them from email scams as part of Get Safe Online Week.
Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive, said, ‘Anyone of us can easily fall for an email scam but by taking a few simple steps we can use the internet safely.
Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails (generally known as spam)
If you wish to visit a particular website, always key in the address directly rather than using an embedded link
Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know as they may carry a virus that could affect your computer
Beware of ‘phishing’ – this is a fake email designed to look exactly like it’s from your bank or tax office asking you to ‘update’ or ‘confirm your details. Don’t respond as the email will direct you to a website that may look like your bank’s website and will trick you into revealing your personal information. Forward phishing emails to your bank and then delete
Never send any payment details to ‘claim a prize’
Never disclose personal or financial information via email.
Visit www.getsafeonline.org for additional information about the Click and Tell roadshows and for more tips on how to avoid being targeted by scammers and use the internet with confidence.