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Beware Bank Scams

Beware Bank Scams

Posted May 27, 2021

Watch out for those sneaky scammers flooding our inboxes with their internet rubbish.

The photo below shows the latest banking scam pretending to be the BNZ arriving at our place.

Ignore, ignore, ignore … except to delete, delete, delete.

Scams are deceptive, uninvited approaches designed to trick you into giving away your money, login credentials, payment card details, or personal information.

Typically, customers receive an email from what looks like their bank. It will say they need to confirm some personal details, usually their internet banking username and password. It will contain a link to a website that looks like the bank’s but is fake. Customers who enter these details will soon find scammers have accessed their accounts and cleared out their money.

Be extremely wary of emails that appear to be from your bank and that ask you to confirm your personal details. Banks will never ask you for your password in emails. Don’t click on links within any email if you have the slightest suspicion about its authenticity. Simply delete the email. If you need to go to your bank’s website, type the address into your browser.

Fraudsters may also make phishing phone calls pretending to be your bank, telephone company, government department or a computer company. They may ask you to turn on your computer and download software that gives them access to everything on your computer. A fraudster who has gained access to your computer may be able to steal money from your bank accounts. Be very cautious about unsolicited phone calls, no matter how plausible the caller sounds.

If you think you’ve been scammed. Contact your bank as soon as possible to let them know what’s happened.

Your bank may need to help you reset passwords, monitor your account for unusual transactions, or reissue cards.