73% of adults have received a scam email in the last year

Graham Cluley

Well done to the British Office of Fair Trading for dreaming up an imaginative method to raise awareness of scams amongst the general public.

Aside from providing a contact email address for internet users to report scam websites and messages, it has also placed special “Scamnesty” bins up and down the country for recipients to dump the unsolicited scams they receive through the regular post too.

All of this is in aid of Scam Awareness Month, which is aiming to educate citizens about the wide variety of scams operating today, including lottery scams, weight loss scams, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus psychic predictions and even scams sent via SMS text messages to mobile phones.

The awareness campaign is being backed up by a “Don’t get scammed” TV advert…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.