Someone right now is helping a thief steal their own money! Don’t let this be you!
Take 1 minute to read this important advice on how to prevent yourself falling prey to very clever Identify Theft/Phishing attacks that are currently being launched.
We recently received an email from our bank warning us about renewed Identity Theft/Phishing attempts. Here’s an extract from the email;
“Our Internet Security team has become aware of an increase in phishing attacks on the customers of major banks. These attacks are aimed at obtaining your personal banking information in order to fraudulently transfer money out of your accounts.
However many people have no idea of what Phishing or Identity Theft is or how it takes place or even if it is a serious threat. Firstly it is a real threat – If you get Phished you could potentially allow someone access to your account and your money! Basically Phishing/Identity Theft is stealing your bank login details by making you enter them into an apparently legitimate site.
Here’s how you can help me steal your money in 5 easy steps!
- You get an email from your bank. The email will even appear to come from your bank, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course it must be from them; you think to yourself. (The FIRST BIG ERROR)
- The email says something convincing or alarming like, “Your account details need to be updated, Someone tried to hack into your account please login to check.” or “This is a security check, please login to your account.” etc. Whatever the message, it always sounds convincing.
- You click the link in the email and you land on a page that looks like your bank’s login page. (The SECOND BIG ERROR)
- You attempt to login – with your account number and password. (The THIRD BIG ERROR)
- The site may then responds; “Error in Login” or “Thank You – Your account has been verified”; or something convincing. But whatever it is – your login details are now in the hands of someone else…and so is your money.
Below is an actual example of a Phishing email I received;
“Dear Customer Your e-banking account has been DISABLE due to multiple logins. We therefore implore you to verify any possible findings.” Clicking on the VERIFY link brought you to a site that looked similar to the actual site where an unwise user would give away all their secret bank information.
Please be aware, all it takes is your ignorance in following the above directions and forwarding your bank details and you have successfully allowed a potential thief to steal your money in 5 easy steps.
One final piece of advice – Do not use public computers to access your bank accounts. Many public computers like at internet cafes have key logging software installed. This logs what you type and allows someone to return later and retrieve your passwords etc. The Internet Thieves are clever – We must just be wiser! Please pass this article on to your friends so we can make as many people aware of this as possible and STOP this stealing