Over the next few weeks I am going to look at various different types of fraud I have had personal knowledge of. Not as a perpetrator! I also suggest some simple measures that could prevent them or at least make them less likely to succeed.
There are too many kinds to go into here, but I will mention something I have been encountering a lot recently: Phishing. People send me e-mails with links or attachments that contain viruses or malware. Some of the e-mails are in themselves fraudulent, such as phoney invoices, or begging letters, but even those appearing to be receipts or messages from your bank are dangerous.
If in any doubt, just delete them. If necessary ‘phone you bank or whoever in case they really were trying to contact you.