VODAFONE and O2 customers have been told to look out for a number of scam emails which trick unsuspecting people into clicking dodgy links containing malware designed to steal bank details.
Customers who have received the emails are warned not to click any links.
The emails are said to look official and legitimate at first glance.
One email from O2, for example, says: “Now you have your bill for 07/04/17 been ready. This month you have £232.98 for payment. We will take it away from your account at the payment day, or a bit after.”
The Vodafone bill says: “Your latest Vodafone bill is ready for you to receive it online.”
The email links contain malware that is automatically downloaded the minute the link is clicked, and is designed to steal bank account details.
Once installed, it infects the device and attempts to steal sensitive information from victims.
“At O2, customers can forward any such emails to email@example.com so we can investigate and take action.”
Suspicious emails will often contain a number of red flags. These can include attachments or prompts to install software to your device, or be littered with grammatical errors.
Users are also told to look out for forged (or spoofed) email addresses that make it look like the email is coming from an official site, and reminded that official emails will never ask for your password or any other personal information.
If you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.
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