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 Friday, 4th February 2011, 14:45:43

Companies warned to ignore spam emails that ask for financial information

Companies warned to ignore spam emails that ask for financial information

Small and medium-sized businesses are being warned to never distribute financial information over the internet after it was found that one in ten email users have been tricked by spam emails.

Tony Neate, the managing director of getsafeonline.org, said that people must delete any spam messages they receive relating to finances as it could leave them open to risk.

Firms could also install anti-virus and anti-spam settings on their email systems to help reduce the risk of attack from a criminal looking for information.

A study by myvouchercodes.co.uk found that 11 per cent of active email users in the UK have been fooled by spam messages with a financial subject matter.

Mr Neate added that emails that ask for personal or finance information should be avoided to reduce the risk of an intrusion.

He said: "Financial institutions will never ask you for a username and password in an email. My suggestion to anybody who gets these emails is to delete it.

"Don't open it and certainly don't open attachments from email addresses that you don't know."

Posted by Henry Thomas

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