Please be warned that there is a Moneybookers/Skrill email being sent around at the moment telling you that you need to update your Moneybookers account to the new Skrill system. It is a “Phishing” email, meaning that it is sent from a scammer in order to get your account details.
If you follow the link in the email and enter your account details as directed, the scammer will log in to your account and steal the money. I first saw a warning about this in ArbForum, and then heard from a SAG reader that they had been scammed by it. They followed the instructions in the email and soon afterwards had someone log in to their account and steal several hundred pounds from it.
The email is VERY REAL LOOKING. This is a professional looking scam! Don’t trust things just because they ‘look legit’. There are a couple of simple rules you should ALWAYS follow when dealing with money accounts:
- NEVER follow links from emails to financial websites. ALWAYS type the URL in yourself (or use your own bookmarks etc). Always always always.
- Never give your password to anyone, or enter it anywhere else. Only ever enter it when logging on to the website, after having typed in the URL yourself.
These two should help avoid phishing scams in general.