HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PHISHING:
Phishing is the term used to describe emails, SMS, calls or also contests, which, for example, try to steal user data (usernames, passwords or credit card details).
- The content used on the website, SMS or email may look similar to the company design of UPC. However the fake URL, phone number or email address used have no connection to the company UPC.
- In a serious competition or email, you do not have to give credit card details or pay anything.
- Check for spelling errors or inconsistencies
- Look for illogical steps, for example: You suddenly have to pay for a supposed win.
PROTECT PERSONAL DATA:
- Never send user names or passwords per email: UPC and other reputable companies will never ask you for your passwords or other personal information per email.
- Don't click onto links included in emails you don't fully trust.
- Check websites for encryption: before you enter personal data on an Internet website, make sure that the data is sent in encrypted form. (Check for a padlock symbol on the left of your browser address line).
- Check your credit card and bank statements regularly.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DISCLOSED YOUR PERSONAL DATA:
- If you have already given your credit card number, we recommend to immediately block your card and to contact your bank to complain about any unjustified charge on your credit card.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SPAM:
Spam refers to unsolicited and unwelcome mass e-mails that land in your inbox, generally annoying advertising. But there are also spam e-mails that may be part of a phishing scam as named above. For example when personal data is disclosed, such as for a competition.
To prevent spam as well as possible, you can observe the following:
- Never reply to spam e-mails. Never click on a link in the e-mail, not even the request to remove your e-mail from the spam mailing list. This would confirm that you actively use this e-mail address.
- You can create a second “junk” e-mail address that you use instead of your “real” e-mail address when you take part in competitions or registrations on websites.
- Before you open an e-mail, check the sender: Do you know this sender address and the name? Does the subject line make sense?
- Use the spam filter of your e-mail provider. Here you can find more information on the settings for your UPC Mail.
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