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Anti-phishing is paying off, but beware: other forms of fraud are on the rise | the interior

Fraudsters stole less money over a quarter of the last year by stealing their bank code from consumers, otherwise known as phishing. In this way, they acquired 25 million euros, compared to 34 million euros in 2020. This is evidenced by the figures of the Veblevin Banking Union and the Center for Cyber ​​Security Belgium (CCB). They warn that other forms of fraud are on the rise, as scammers don’t want a code, but want money right away.

In phishing scams impersonating a bank, company, or government agency…in the hope that people will fall in love with it and pass their bank codes. This can be done in several ways: email, letter, phone, WhatsApp, etc. The consumer is usually asked to click on a link that leads to a fraudulent website.

Banks have taken precautions (eg, two-step verification in online banking), and it is estimated that about three-quarters of fraudulent transfers can be stopped or recovered through phishing. The CCB blocks fraudulent sites (which occurred approximately 130,000 times in the first three months of 2022) so that links to them do not work. Thanks in part to these efforts, scammers have made less money in the past year through phishing.

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This is, of course, a good thing, but Velvin and CCB say they see “a significant shift toward other forms of fraud, such as investment, invoice, assistance, or safe deposit account fraud, where the victim is persuaded to transfer the money themselves.”

Investment fraud or boiler room It deals with phantom or worthless stocks being offered, often with the promise of high returns. bee Fraud Request Assistance The victim is supposed to receive messages from family or an acquaintance (eg about losing a mobile phone), which eventually leads to a request for money. and with vault account fraud The alleged bank employee is asking to transfer your money to a new and secure account, because a checking account fraud has been committed.

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Customers are advised to never pass personal codes over the phone or after an email, text or other message. It’s also not a good idea to transfer via a link: it’s best to browse your bank’s website yourself or use the banking app. And be careful if very high profits are promised through investments, or when you are asked to transfer money to a bank account in a faraway land.

Have you fallen into the trap yet?

If you are a victim of fraud, it is best to contact immediately Card STOP (078-170170)brings him Bank know and do police report With as much evidence as possible. You can report suspicious messages to [email protected] More information on the China Construction Bank website

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