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Martin Lewis warns Britons could face £1,000 fine from Sunday if they ignore Census letter

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Tony Pepper, the CEO of cybersecurity firm Egress, warned: “In the last year, we’ve seen phishing scams rise dramatically, with cybercriminals taking advantage of everything from Christmas shopping to coronavirus vaccines.

“Unfortunately, with the 2021 Census approaching, cybercriminals are once again sending phishing emails and text messages aimed at tricking recipients out of their sensitive data, such as financial information or National Insurance numbers.

“When it comes to phishing, our advice is always the same: make sure to hover over any links before clicking, and check the sender’s full email address to determine whether it looks genuine – the Office for National Statistics, which is carrying out the census, will only ever contact you from the [email protected] email address.

“If you have received an email or text message requesting your information for the census and it’s from a different email address, we’d urge you to notify Action Fraud using its online reporting service.



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