Phishing scams and threats

Scammers can also pretend to be from a well-known organisation or government department and try to scare you into parting with your personal information or money. They may threaten you with fines, or say they will disconnect your internet, take you to court, arrest or even deport you.

Don't be pressured by these threats. Instead, just hang up (if they have called you) and check whether their story is real by contacting the organisation using contact details you find through an independent source, like a phone book or online search. Don't use the contact details the caller gives you, or that they include in their email.