From National u3a: Be Alert About Phishing and Other Scams

The Third Age Trust wants to share with you information about the latest scams. Below are two experiences from u3a members who contacted us to share with other u3as.
A u3a member got in touch with us to tell us she had received a phishing email supposedly from Norton, an anti virus software company, about payment to renew an account she does not have. It says that they will deduct over £220 unless she cancels within 48 hours. If you receive an email like this, please don’t click on the links and please take independent advice before paying any unexpected requests for money.
A u3a member got in touch to tell us about a company who had taken extra money out of her bank account without her knowledge. The company involved specialises in products aimed at older adults. She contacted the bank who stopped any further charges on the card from the company and gave advice on what to do next, eventually the company paid back the money.

Please encourage your members to check their bank accounts regularly and immediately report any suspicious debits that they do not recognise. Most banks are able to put a stop to any charges and give advice on how to get refunds where appropriate.

Another good practice is to search for reviews and credit ratings before buying from a new company.

For support, tips and advice please go to Barclays Digital Wings initiative.  You do not have to bank with Barclays – they have information on scams.  Follow the link below – sign up and when asked, your code is U3A (in capitals).

You can find them at this Barclays Digital Wings address.