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Phishing scam by text message

26 October 2015

A phishing scam has been detected that uses short messages containing a warning that appears to have been sent by a bank. What they are actually looking to do is to steal your passwords to access your online banking.

The fraudulent campaign uses text messages and social media messages, warning users of an alleged attempt to sign into their bank account and suggesting they click on a link that will take them through to a form used to obtain the user’s online banking password.

To avoid falling victim to these scams, NEVER click on a link sent via message (text message, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype or any other social media) that claims to be from a bank.

Furthermore, ALWAYS bear in mind the following advice when dealing with your bank:

  1. Close all applications before accessing the bank's webpage.
  2. ALWAYS type the web address directly into the browser address bar; never use links.
  3. Do not sign into your online banking from a public computer, a non-trusted computer, or devices connected to public wi-fi networks.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: no bank will ever send emails, text messages or social media messages asking for its customers' personal details. If you receive a message of this kind, do not provide any details and contact your bank immediately.
Find out more and get more advice from the OSI website.