Here’s the scoop on the latest phishing scams


But first… If you’ve never heard of phishing, you’re about to have your mind blown. Sort of. Phishing scams basically trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment to get you to provide your sensitive personal data. Scammers use your info for fraudulent or other criminal purposes. Yikes.


Phishing works in pretty straightforward, but ridiculously complex, ways:


  1. You’ll receive a legit-looking link that takes you to a fake but believable website where you’ll be asked to enter in certain things.
  2. You’ll receive an attachment that could have malicious software embedded in it called malware. This software infiltrates your device and steals your passwords and personal information.



Surf smart


Never share your personal or financially-sensitive info online. If you get a phishing mail with a link that takes you to a webpage that asks for your secret info – that’s a no-go. Ah, but what when these sneaky scammers take you to a webpage that looks real, only it’s as fake? Check the website’s URL, if it’s anything other than RUN!

Choose a PIN like a pro


Hackers have some pretty smart software tools that help them decode your precious PIN. Don’t use numbers relating to anything that has any meaning. This is a biggie.


Also, don’t share your PIN, write it down or let someone sneak a peek while you enter it. And don’t use the same PIN across multiple websites/apps.


If you think your PIN has been compromised, change it. And if you think your Virgin Money Spot account has been hacked, get in touch ASAP.