Seven in ten Britons have been targeted in web scams in the past 12 months.
According to a report from life assistance company CPP, more than 77 per cent of people received fake banking or ‘phishing' emails, 70 per cent have been targeted with bogus pleas for money and 67 per cent have been told they have won a competition only to find it was a sham.
Fraudsters have also posed as members of the recipient's family or friends in order to con their victims, with 17 per cent having been targeted in such a fashion.
Michael Lynch, identity fraud expert at CPP, said: “Your identity is your most valuable possession. With web threats on the rise, people need to ensure that they protect their personal information not just in public, but also online.
“Cybercriminals now operate in very sophisticated ways. Although we are seeing very high levels of phishing email attacks asking for passwords and account details, we are now seeing more ‘malware' attacks such as keylogging, where fraudsters can read what you type on your computer to capture your passwords and other sensitive financial information without you even knowing.”