Perth & Kinross Council is urging local residents and businesses to ensure they are cyber security aware.
Cyber criminals often use this uncertainty, and people’s understandable concerns, as an opportunity for their own gain with emerging technology, scammers will try anything to dupe you into giving access to online accounts and more.
Cyber criminals often use a technique known as phishing. Local residents and businesses should expect to receive a higher volume of phishing emails in the upcoming period, some of which may be very sophisticated and targeted.
Perth & Kinross Chief Executive Karen Reid said: “Phishing emails can lead to loss of data or money. The technique is an attempt by the ‘attacker’ to trick you into doing ‘the wrong thing’ such as clicking on a link, downloading a file or program, or entering your details.
“This phishing contact is often an email, but can also be via social media, text, phone call, or even postal mail. Phishing is the number one way for attackers to gain access to networks for other cyber-attacks. One of the best ways to spot phishing attempts is to look for the unexpected.
“There are a number of simple steps you can take to help protect you from cyber criminals. Never disclose your security details, such as your PIN or any passwords; Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine – people aren’t always who they say they are; Don’t be rushed – a genuine caller won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think; Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then question it and finally, always stay in control and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information.”
More information and advice can be found at takefive-stopfraud.org.uk