Those of you who have been “online” for a number of years now will be familiar with scam or “phishing” emails which try to trick people into giving out bank details.
It usually starts with a sob story from some wealthy businessman or dignitary who wants to gift you a few million pounds, all you have to do is help them out……by passing on your bank details.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Darryl Wilson received one of these scam messages for the first time via Facebook yesterday, the content of which was particularly disturbing, using a story about a lady who is dying from cancer.
Cllr Wilson said: “This set alarm bells ringing as I realised that Facebook’s easy to use interface and ability to connect friends and loved ones across the globe has attracted many more people, especially older people to use the Internet, some of which are possibly oblivious to the fact that such scams exist.”
No legitimate business or bank will ever contact you to ask for bank details. Please report such scams to Facebook immediately with a view to having such content removed permanently.
Photos used in the emails can be found below.