Trading Standards Officers are warning PC users to be wary of bogus emails promising fictitious tax rebates.
Purporting to be sent from the Post Office, the emails claim the recipient is entitled to a refund of overpaid tax upon completion of an attached form. The form requests payment card details, date of birth and mother's maiden name, amongst other things.
Officers can confirm the emails are bogus. Officers believe that any information supplied in response to the emails will be used fraudulently. They urge users to delete any such emails immediately. On no account should users click on any links or open any attachments.
Effective online security is crucial, and in addition to running up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software, users should ensure their operating systems are kept fully patched by installing published security updates promptly. Internet Explorer 6 users should upgrade their browsers without delay.
Good security software must be supported by caution, commonsense and awareness of Internet-based threats. For this reason, officers advise PC users learn more about online security viawww.getsafeonline.org.