Canary alert over bogus bank scam
Police have warned about a new email scam which could give criminals the information to tap into people’s bank accounts.
This technique is called “phishing” and is widely used by fraudsters to commit internet crime.
The head of the Canary police force has sent out an alert about the emails which appear to come from a bank and look genuine. The message says that for the person to continue to use their bank card, they have to fill out a form for insurance purposes. This form requires a wealth of information, including their pin code, credit card number, name, address, etc.
The email claims the bank has changed its policy and attaches a form to download. Those people who do fall victim to the scam are likely to have their bank accounts emptied or the tricksters use their details for online purchases.
Police say there are several examples of such emails doing the rounds in the Canaries and people should not respond. They should never give information like this over the net or reveal their pin code online.
Anyone who receives such an email is advised to delete it immediately. However, if you have fallen prey to the scam already, you must make immediate contact with your bank and with the police or Civil Guard at your nearest police station.