Suspicious emails: How to spot them

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a rise in hackers sending fraudulent emails that attempt to trick you into clicking on malicious links or opening attachments.

Scammers are using phishing emails to profit from the coronavirus outbreak

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If you've received an email asking you to donate to a worthy cause amid the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone.

Sadly, cyber criminals have seen the global crisis as an opportunity to make money through a myriad of fraudulent messages - both online and on the phone.

Some messages have announced a 'cure' for the virus, offered financial rewards, or encouraged recipients to donate to a worthy cause.

But like many scams and phishing emails, these messages are designed to trick you into interacting. To help you detect them, we've compiled some advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on how to spot the most obvious signs of a scam, and what to do if you've already responded.

The guidance forms five parts:

  1. Crim