It is no longer the first time (and unfortunately it will not be the last) that we talk about the fraudulent messages on behalf of the banks that many UK’s are receiving on their smartphones.
Montepio’s name was the most used and, according to Jornal de Notícias, the one that suffered the most from the consequences. In other words, its customers were the ones that were most attacked and stolen.
Fraudulent messages on behalf of banks manages 55 defendants
There are 55 people who were accused in the Public Ministry of Braga. According to the information, the first attack took place in August 2013. In other words, this scheme had already been in development for 7 years. The amount that fraudsters managed to steal the most from a single client was 10,000 euros.
Montepio responded to Jornal de Notícias in the face of the situation saying that “The safety of customers on any of the channels – homebanking, app or even at the counter – and the protection of deposits, data and transactions has always been a concern“.
How the con scam worked
We have already written this situation before and asked EBox readers to pay attention and twice as much attention to messages received that indicated they were from UK’s banks.
Many UK’s (regardless of the bank) received messages identical to the one you can see above. As soon as users clicked on the link, they were taken to a page identical to Montepio’s.
Here, users, concerned with the SMS information, entered their access data to bank accounts and that was enough. The information was already in the wrong hands.
What to do if you entered the data
If you have entered the data in a message identical to the one you see above, immediately call your bank and cancel all possibilities of mobile access. Explain the situation to customer support and they will know exactly what to do.
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