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Taylor Made is warning people to be extra vigilant for fraudulent emails after news broke off the biggest spamming operation of its kind this week.

The ‘spambot’ has a list of 711.5 million email addresses which it’s targeting with malware. It is thought to be one of the largest scale data breaches of its type, with the number of email addresses representing one for every man, woman and child in the whole of Europe.

With such a huge number of users targeted, it is likely that hundreds of people across Portsmouth could be among those affected.

Managing Director, Nigel Taylor said: “This kind of malware seeks to trick people into giving over details that gives hackers access to their bank accounts. The first thing people can do is to check if their accounts have been affected is to visit the ‘have i been pwned’ website. If they have been hit, they will fall into one of two categories.

“In the first scenario, the hackers may only know their email address. In that instance, all they can do is hit you with spam in the hope that they can trick you into giving away more information, like your bank details or passwords. With that in mind, we’re urging everyone to be extra vigilant for spam emails right now. They can look very convincing, purporting to be from your bank, delivery company or even your supermarket. If you have any doubt, don’t open it.”

Some people affected by the spambot scan have also had their password and other details compromised. In those instances, hackers are using their accounts to spread the spambot even further. While there is no way of people telling which of these two categories they fall into yet, Taylor Made is urging everyone to be extra careful.

If you would like to speak to someone about spambot and making sure you know how to keep your details safe, call 01329 239900 or visit www.tmcs.co.uk for tips on staying safe online.

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