Beware of these scammers

By on March 19, 2020

With the UK pretty much stopping all sport this newsletter will be more sporadic than usual.

But I wanted to get one out today after reading an excellent email from John Duncan (from Profit Magnets) this morning.

It concerned a number of scams that are popping up and so I wanted to share that warning with you so you can protect yourself and your elderly relatives.

The main thing to look out for are phishing emails.

These are emails that look like they are coming from a source of authority (usually banks) that try to get you to click a link. The links will usually download a piece of software onto your computer which will steal your passwords and your identity.

For example a big one at the minute is purportedly from the World Health Organisation and it tries to get you to download a report on how to keep safe from the Corona Virus.

Obviously if you receive such an email DO NOT try and download the report.

Another one is an email that tries to get you to donate to help people affected by the virus. It tries to get your financial information and of course none of the money is going to a good cause.

You may also see a bunch of emails (or even online ads) offering face masks that really work etc for sale. You click on the link or the ad and a whole bunch of personal and financial data is requested. 

John Duncan advises 6 things you can do to help keep yourself safe and I’ll share them below:

1. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments in unsolicited emails or texts from unknown sources, or even trusted sources unless you’re sure that the message is authentic (it is easy enough to check).

2. Ignore communications that ask for your personal information. If you are unsure, always verify that the message really did come from the source it claims to be by checking directly with the organization that they purport to represent in the communication. When doing this, do it on a different computer, phone etc if possible.

3. Be very careful with emails that encourage a sense of alarm and urge you to take immediate action.

4. Be especially careful with any communication that appears to be offering vaccines, cures or forms of relief.

5. Watch out for the mass of fraudulent charities popping up and be vigilant where crowdfunding campaigns (particularly) are concerned.

6. Wherever possible, ramp up your security and keep it up to date and, if you can use security software that can protect against phishing emails.

OK onto betting matters now. A lot of readers have asked me what I’m up to.

I’ll be using the time off from UK horse racing in a couple of different ways.

Firstly it’s a great time for research. That could be reading the myriad of betting books out there (Nick Mordin is a great place to start) or researching angles and systems. So that when the racing does start up again you are in a great place to hit the ground running.

Secondly as there is still sport going on world wide I’m going to be looking at extending my portfolio by checking out a couple of services that I wouldn’t usually consider. I’ll keep you updated on these.

As you probably know Irish racing is still going ahead with one meeting a day planned until the end of this month. 

I don’t know how long this will keep going but a few of the services in my portfolio are giving out Irish tips so at least there’s some betting to look forward to on a daily basis.

Anyway I’ve rambled on enough now. But please heed the advice above and stay safe out there.

Take care,
Kris Jackman | Founder Tipster Supermarket