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Author: Age NI
Published on 25 October 2012 08:30 AM

Age NI is offering online safety tips to older people to help protect them from email scams as part of Get Safe Online Week.

The campaign’s Click & Tell roadshow will come to Belfast on 26 October. This is an opportunity to highlight internet safety and to encourage people to pass on tips about online safety to someone they know.

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive, said, ‘Anyone of us can easily fall for an email scam but by taking a few simple steps we can use the internet safely.

  • Don't click on links in unsolicited emails (generally known as spam)
  • If you wish to visit a particular website, always key in the address directly rather than using an embedded link
  • Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know as they may carry a virus that could affect your computer
  • Beware of ‘phishing’ – this is a fake email designed to look exactly like it’s from your bank or tax office asking you to ‘update’ or ‘confirm your details. Don’t respond as the email will direct you to a website that may look like your bank’s website and will trick you into revealing your personal information. Forward phishing emails to your bank and then delete
  • Never send any payment details to 'claim a prize'
  • Never disclose personal or financial information via email.

Visit www.getsafeonline.org for additional information about the Click and Tell roadshows and for more tips on how to avoid being targeted by scammers and use the internet with confidence.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575