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Scammers are trying harder and harder to get ourdetails or scam money from us, use this tool to try and find out if an email or text you have recieved is a scam.

Overview

If you have recieved an email or a text message from a third party claiming to click on a link to fill out details then you should be vigilant, first of all think if you should be recieving the email or text, are you a customer of theirs, if not then the chances are it's a scam. Even if you do normally use their services you should still be careful. Check the link points to the actual website of the company and it's not a made up domain that has nothing to do with them. For example if you recieve an email from the Royal Mail the domain in the link should be royalmail.com and not something like royalmail-tracking.com.

 

Hermes Scam

Even though Hermes is a legitimate company, scammers can pose as them to send scam emails or text messages, here is a real life example of a text message that should not be trusted.

Type: Text message

From: +44 (0)7796 490737

Message: Hermes: Hi, we have missed your delivery today. Please visit https://myhermes-track.services/status to book a redelivery and pay the subcharge of 1.45 (GBP).

Reason: You may receive this if you are expecting a delivery from Hermes or not, the URL should NOT be visited, the domain myhermes-track.services is not a valid Hermes domain, also the word subcharge is not correct so the use of English is poor.

 
 

HSBC Scams

Again HSBC is a legitimate company, but scammers can pose as them to send scam emails or text messages, more real life example of a text message that should not be trusted.

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Type: Text message

From: +44 (0)7825 165714

Message: HSBC: A payment was attempted from a NEW DEVICE on 18/04 at 15:56PM. If this was NOT you, please visit https://hsbc.co.uk.linkhxsecure.com/hsbc/

Reason: You may receive this if you are a HSBC customer or not, the URL should NOT be visited, the domain hsbc.co.uk.linkhxsecure.com is not a valid HSBC domain, even though it looks like it says hsbc.co.uk the actual domain is linkhxsecure.com and should not be trusted.

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Type: Text message

From: +44 (0)7552 399088

Message: HSBC FRAUD ALERT: You have authorised a payment of £240.00 to Mr C Jones. If this was not you, please contact via: https://security.hs-verify-transfer.com

Reason: You may receive this if you are a HSBC customer or not, the URL should NOT be visited, the domain security.hs-verify-transfer.com is not a valid HSBC domain and should not be trusted.

 

DHL Scams

DHL is a legitimate company, so receiving a scam message can be easy to fall for, a real life example of a text message that should not be trusted.

Type: Text message

From: +44 (0)7802 601988

Message: DHL: Your parcel is arriving, track here: http://szgs.work/a/?p66bkonbnjsx

Reason: You may receive this if you are expecting a delivery from DHL or not, the URL should NOT be visited, the domain szgs.work is not a valid DHL domain, also the URL is not secure, it's http and not https.

 
 

Scam check

If you believe you have had a scam email or text message then fill in the form below, we will endeavor to get back to you with whether or not you should trust it, and if not we will add it to our list.

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