THE best way to protect yourself from online fraud is by not being extremely gullible, according to experts.
After hackers stolen millions from Britons who would believe anything, ministers warned internet users to be on the look out for anything that is obviously incredibly dodgy.
A government spokesman said: “If someone you’ve never heard of sends you an email saying you’ve had some kind of refund, and all the punctuation is weird and there’s an attachment called ‘massivevirus.exe’, maybe just delete it.
“It’s like when people with weird names like ‘hotsexychica494’ pop up on Skype and offer to have sex with you. They are not real girls.
“It’s always best to ask yourself ‘is this thing obviously bollocks?’ If the answer is ‘yes’ then that thing is obviously bollocks.”
41-year-old Tom Logan said: “I clicked on an email attachment and now all my money is gone, but that’s probably just so they can invest it in diamond mines and return it to me days later with huge interest.
“It’s better to lose all your worldly possessions than to be too cynical.”