How to recognise and avoid phishing scams
Phishing is a cybercrime where you can be lured into providing sensitive data, such as personal information, financial details, and passwords. This can be carried out through email, text message, or even over the phone. When your information gets into the wrong hands, it can result in identity theft and financial loss.
It’s likely you’ve received a phishing email at some point, but don’t worry if you’re unsure of the warning signs. There’s plenty of hiccups that give the game away.
At Brian Alfred, we take pride in helping construction workers get their hard-earned money back. We also want to make sure your details don’t get into the wrong hands. We’ve put together some facts about the communications we send out to you.
We’ll only ever email you from @brianalfred.co.uk
Genuine emails from us will only be sent from the domain @brianalfred.co.uk. Take time to make sure no alterations have been made to the domain address, for example switching two letters or taking one letter out.
Our new online service will be completely secure
When submitting your data online, it’s important to check if the website you’re using, uses HTTP or HTTPS. HTTPS is the secure option and ensures the information you enter is encrypted. In short, this adds a layer of security between the server and browser.
As our website uses HTTPS, any information you submit on our website it completely safe, so there’s no risk of your details being passed into the wrong hands.
Verifying your identity
When you open a phishing email, you are often invited to log into a page that looks almost identical to a page you use daily. These pages are deceptive and at first look like a log-in page, however these are used to capture sensitive data such as your login details.
We will never ask you to verify your identity online by inputting your personal data. Your personal data is exactly that – personal.
We’ll always use your name
When we get in touch with you, we’ll always use your name. Legitimate companies will tend to use your name, where a phishing message would contain a less personal greeting.
You’ll know a text message is from us, as well as adding your name – we’ll add ours. Nice one, Brian.
Our emails will contain no attachments
Unless you’ve requested something from our tax team, of course. Attachments contained in a phishing email can contain malicious software, so we wouldn’t recommend opening an attachment from a source you’re unsure of. If it’s from us – then great, you’re good to go.
We don’t use automated calling software
Automated calling software automatically dials telephone numbers. If you answer one of these calls, the software automatically plays a recorded message, or you’ll be put through to somebody to talk to.
At Brian Alfred, we don’t use this type of software to get in touch. We’ll pick up the phone and speak to you, and you’ll always know it’s us.
We’re here to help
As a builder, you’ll be familiar with the lengthy process of completing your tax return. We’re fully HMRC compliant and have been ever since we started providing our service to builders such as yourself. That’s why our tax team are here to take the pressure away, by completing your return and submitting everything to HMRC on your behalf. What will you be spending your tax rebate on?