Seventy-seven per cent of internet users have received e-mails designed to steal personal data, research has revealed.
Seventy per cent also report receiving bogus pleas for money and 67% have been told they have won a competition only to find it was a fraud scam, according to the CPP Group, a customer relationship firm which helps victims of identity fraud.
"2010 promises to be a bumper year for fraudsters and scammers," the CPP Group said in a statement to mark the start of Scams Awareness Month sponsored by the UK Office of Fair Trading.
"Scams Awareness Month is a good opportunity to remind people that card and identity fraudsters are always developing new and sophisticated ways to get their hands on personal information," said Sarah Blaney, fraud expert at The CPP Group.
These methods can include bogus lotteries, fake websites and counterfeit tickets for sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics, she said.
CPP's tips to beat online fraudsters
- Install anti-phishing tools to identify e-mails and links designed to steal personal information
- Be wary about disclosing personal information to anyone online
- Use only secure online trading sites that display the padlock symbol
- Keep security software up to date
- Check receipts against bank statements and report suspicious transactions