Scammers use tactics that involve phone calls that sound genuine and emails that look official, so it’s important to familiarise yourself with some of the common types of fraud.
Think calmly about what you are being told, ask yourself if it makes sense. Don’t give out any personal details. If it feels wrong, hang up.
Making a cup of tea is the perfect opportunity to get away from the phone, pause and reflect on what to do next.
If the caller claimed to be from a company, call the official number (not the number you were called by) and ask whether they’ve called you.
NEVER use your TalkTalk account number to prove a call is genuine.
NEVER ask for your full password - we'll only ask for two digits to protect your security.
NEVER ask you to send us money through services such as Moneygram or Western Union.
NEVER ask for your bank details to process a refund - if you're a customer, we already have them.
The Children's Commissioner recently released a really interesting and eye-opening report about children's use of social media between the ages of 8 and 12, and a few things really stood out for me.
If you've recently acquired a new mobile phone, tablet or laptop, consider taking these steps to protect your devices.Use a strong passcode/passwordObviously, you should pick a passcode to lock your phone that can't be guessed, even by someone who knows you. So don't use your birth year, your address or 1234. Better yet, use a password or a passphrase. And make sure it's one you don't use anywhere else.
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