Scam alert – staying safe online

Scam alert – staying safe online

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 11 May 2020

We have had reports of some members this morning receiving a suspicious email that seeks to phish account details. This is not from the TTF, please stay safe online.

We are aware a phishing email has been sent to TTF members with the subject line: Offer/Request -TTF – Online Inquiry, and asking recipients to log in to their TTF account.

This email has not originated from the TFF. If you received this email, please report it to the National Cyber Security Centre, and delete it.

This scam has used email addresses freely available on the TTF website’s directory of members. So please rest assured that no data breach has occurred.


How to spot a scam email

Top tip: Look at the email address, not just the sender

A scam email usually has a fairly bizarre email address behind what looks like a genuine sender name.

To find out if there’s a fraudster behind what looks like a genuine sender, use your mouse to hover the cursor over or right-click on the sender name and you should see the email address behind it.

Other signs that an email may not be legitimate are:

– The domain name is misspelled
– The email is poorly written
– It includes suspicious attachments or links
– The message creates a sense of urgency

What to do if you have spotted a suspicious email

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS), run by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC): report@phishing.gov.uk

For more tips and resources on staying safe online, there are plenty of articles and infographics on the NCSC website which are worth checking out.

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