Just in case anyone out there does not know, I thought I would warn you all that there are phishing emails being sent in particular to BT customers. I think Talk Talk may be targeted as well.
I can only warn you of my own experience. Around 10 days ago I received an email from whom I thought was BT and the subject heading was 'problem with last payment'. It looked completely authentic, had the BT lettering and logo, so I opened it. It then explained there was a problem with my last payment and to click on a link to check my details. I thought nothing of it, although puzzled as there should have been no problem with my payment. As soon as I clicked on the link, my screen went berserk. It was flashing red and pink, with my security emblem also flashing and large letters saying WARNING , PHISIHING. I quickly got back to my inbox, checked with the bank to find out there had been no problem with my payment. I then scanned my laptop which told me two threats had been removed. I deleted the email, and reported it to BT. They sent me information on what to do if I received another one, and warning signs etc.
A few days ago I received a second email claiming to be from BT. This time the subject was maintenance and loss of my account details. Although I knew it to be false I opened it to see what it said, which basically wanted me to provide them with my details as they had been lost. I did not click on the link, but forwarded the email to the address that BT provided me with. I also double checked that there was no problem with my account.
Just wanted to warn you all, as these emails claiming to be from BT look like the real thing, and if you receive an email claiming to be from BT or some other internet provider it should address you by name. The ones I received did not, and said, dear member. BT advised me to not ever click on links which are asking about account details or payment.
It seems that BT are being targeted very heavily at the moment, but at least I know my security works.
hugs from Huggs xxxx
ps I have just received an email from BT acknowledging the phishing emails, and they advise if anyone receives any suspect emails which claim to be from BT to forward them to: email@example.com
They also confirmed again the two false ones I received were sent from a compromised email account, and they have been in touch with them advising them to secure the account. I have no clue what this means. If they know where they are coming from why don't they close them down, report them or do something. BT also advise they will NEVER ask for passwords, bank account details or BT account details in an email and also advise to ensure that if Microsoft is used to make sure that you install all updates. They also provide a link for a tool which Microsoft has developed.