What email scams usually include
A popular scamming method with criminals is to send fake emails, pretending to be from a company you trust. They do this to access your personal information, such as your bank details, names and addresses. These emails usually include urgent payment requests and generally may include some of the following:
- A link to update your payment information.
- You may be threatened with consequences if you don’t.
- A link to take you to a false website.
- If you’ve provided personal details, they may have been stolen.
How to spot a false email
You should keep a look-out for:
- Poorly written emails with spelling and/ or grammatical errors.
- Emails linking to company websites that are different to the company’s real web address. For example, our website is www.shellenergy.co.uk and a scam email may provide a web address that looks like ours: www.shellenergycustomers.com or www.customeraccounts.com/shell-energy.
How to check that a Shell Energy email is genuine
We’ll email you for a number of reasons, for example to notify you that your bill is ready to view, to confirm a change in payments, or to promote our products.
There’s a few things to be aware of when you open an email from us:
- Our emails will always be addressed to your first name.
- Emails personalised to you will include your energy account number.
- If linking to our website we’ll use: www.shellenergy.co.uk.
- If we provide a link for a payment, or an update to payment details, you’ll need to login to your account first.
We’ll never email you for the following:
- To request your long card number and three digit security code.
- To ask for your full password to your online account.
- To ask you to pay an amount in anything other than pounds.
- To pay using a link to another website. We have specific ways to pay.