Phishing and other types of email threat

Phishing

A common feature of such email messages is an attempt to entice you to give away your bank details, personal details or your login details (username and password). They may use your details to make a profit directly or to enable them to make a profit in the future. Typical features of such messages include:

What to do if you have provided information in response to a 'phishing' attempt.

Malware

The email message is trying to put malicious software on your computer (e.g. computer viruses). They may be gathering information or aim to block your access to the device or data and demand money to unlock it.

What to do if you have malware on your computer.

How can malware get onto my computer (via email and otherwise)?

There are plenty of ways for your computer or username to be compromised. The most common methods are:

Generic spam

These emails are generally advertising something that is difficult to obtain through normal channels. They are normally easy to spot because of their poor spelling. Others ask or demand that you forward them onto as many people as possible (don’t!).