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New banking scam that carries out fraudulent transfers on line.

10 February 2015

The National Police have alerted of a new banking scam that carries out fraudulent transfers on line, having previously infected the victim's computer with a virus. This practice, detected in recent weeks, entails making users believe that they have received a deposit in their account in error and demanding its return.

How does this scam work?

This new criminal activity works by previously infecting the victim's electronic terminal with malicious software to access their bank account over the internet. When the customer checks their account, they receive a message indicating they have received a transfer in error for a certain amount. In this same message, the customer is asked to make a transfer to return the money that has supposedly been credited in error. To do this, they are provided with a direct link that includes the word "return" or other similar terms.

Since the victim is not suspicious about this request and takes it to be official, they access the link to begin the supposed refund process, but they are really unwittingly carrying out a legitimate transfer charged to their account.

To avoid this type of scam, the Police advise you to keep your antivirus programme up to date at all times on your computing equipment, as well as your operating system.

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