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Poll: Have you ever fallen victim to a mail fraud or email scam?

Guarding your personal and bank details is essential for modern living, but it’s possible for even the wary to be caught out occasionally.

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THIS MORNING, THE PSNI said that a 70-year-old woman in Belfast has been arrested on suspicion of mail fraud and money offences against a 74-year-old man.

The news gives the lie to the idea that age is a barrier when it comes to being suspected of complicated fraud.

In fact, the modern world is full of acres of ways by which unscrupulous types attempt to relieve unsuspecting people of their hard-earned money – from phishing mails, to mail fraud, to telephone scams.

Some are a little see-through to say the least, while others are far more plausible – emails purporting to come from a customer’s bank for example (hint: always check the sender’s email address, and remember that banks don’t ask their customers for their logins over email).

But have you ever fallen for one? Even if only for a minute?

We’re asking: Have you ever fallen, even momentarily, for a mail fraud or email scam?

Poll Results:

No, I can see them coming a mile off (2834)
No, but it turns out I'm related to Nigerian royalty (1254)
Yes, but only for a second (708)
Yes (522)

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