Good morning, students!
- Unfortunately some emails are fake.
- They try to steal your name, address, phone numbers and bank details.
- If it looks too good to be true, it very often is.
Make sure you think carefully before you click on anything in a suspicious-looking email and be mindful of the following:
- Do you purchase items or services from the company the email claims to be from?
- Do they reference you by name/account number/username, or a more generic sir/madam that could suggest they don’t know you?
- Check the ‘From’ address at the top of the email. It can say absolutely anything as the Display Name (in this case, ‘Free Video Games’). Hover over or expand that display name to actually look at the email address itself: odds are, it’s dodgy and actually has nothing to do with the company or person it’s claiming to be from
- Is it too good to be true? Free anything over email is a hoax.
- Are they asking you to log in via the email to check your account or report a problem, or respond back to the email with your account details? Genuine companies will never ask you to do this.
If in doubt, close the email, go to Google, and go to the website yourself rather than clicking on links.
Please remember to report strange-looking emails to your teacher, a trusted adult or the ICT Department.
Don’t delete them: let us know and we’ll come and take a look at them.
Justin, James and Jago (the ICT Team).