Phishing is a method used by fraudsters to deceive individuals into handing over data such as usernames and passwords.
Phishing messages generally try to convince the recipient that they are from a trusted source. The message will often suggest there are issues with the recipient's account that requires immediate attention.
These emails may contain some of your personal information as the fraudsters may collate data from a number of sources to trick you into thinking that the communication you receive is authentic and from a legitimate organisation.
Embedded links within the message may direct you to a hoax website where your login or personal details may be requested. You may also run the risk of your computer or smartphone being infected by viruses.
Once your personal details have been accessed, criminals can then record this information and use it to commit fraud crimes such as identity theft and bank fraud.
Phishing scams are getting more sophisticated. Whilst e-commerce is generally very safe, please do be careful about giving out your personal information over the internet and, in particular:
Please report any suspicious emails to us at email@example.com