Spoofing scams

A ‘spoofing’ scam involves redirecting the user to a duplicated website, with the intention of stealing their personal information.

The spoofer creates a fake copy of a real website or email in a way that misleads the recipient. For example, a fake online banking website made to look like the authentic site (including logos, colour and text) would allow scammers access to your bank details.

All communications between the victim's browser and the fake page are sent through the spoofer's machine. This allows the spoofer to access your personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, and account numbers. The information you entered will most likely be sold to criminals.

Some fraudsters use fake emails, complete with authentic logos and working web links. The email then directs you to a fake website. website where you're told to enter your account information is also fake.

Be wary of any emails or websites asking for bank details or links directing you to sites.

Reporting fraud

If you're a victim of fraud that is a crime in progress and you need an immediate police response dial 999.

If it is a non-emergency situation,

call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

You can also report fraud or find further advice and information on the Action Fraud website.