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Phishing scams are fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate high profile companies. These messages usually direct you to a false web site to get you to divulge private information (e.g., passwords, Card information, or Date of Birth etc). Cyber-criminals then use this private information to commit identity theft, or to drain your bank account of money.
In a typical scenario, a phisher sends a deceptive email with a “call to action” that demands the recipient click on a link. Typically, the email will have spelling mistakes and/or incorrect grammar. However, in many cases the e-mail may appear to be very convincing and have many of the logos of genuine institutions, even well known banks. Here are some phrases that may be used in a phishing e-mail:
“Verify your account”
“Respond within 48 hours or your account will be closed”
“Dear valued customer”
“Click the link below to gain access to your account”
If you enter confidential information into the fraudulent web site, the cyber criminals may be able to subsequently impersonate you in the future to transfer funds from your online bank accounts, purchase goods online using your bank cards, or inflict other forms of financial loss.
In many cases, the person responsible for the email does not directly cause the economic damage, but resells the illicitly obtained information in a variety of online forums and chat rooms.
KBC Bank takes security very seriously and we try to shut down fake websites as soon as they are discovered. Unfortunately we cannot provide complete protection against phishing attacks; therefore you should always keep yourself alert to phishing risks.
We will notify you via our website when new fake e-mails purporting to come from KBC are in circulation.
Should you notice anything suspicious please email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
KBC are aware of campaigns whereby scam calls are coming from KBC “Fraud team” and “Card Services” and also claiming to be from other departments from the bank.
These calls are not from KBC. These callers are looking for One Time Passcodes on texts to your phone. Never give these callers passcodes over the telephone. You should hang up and call us back on 1800 93 92 44. We will never ask you for your One Time Passcode over the phone or via a text message.
Should you require any further assistance please contact customer care on 1800 93 92 44.
SMS phishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques. An SMS (or text message), or app message, purporting to be from KBC asks you to log on to KBC.ie via a fraudulent link to update your personal information. The fraudsters may then use this information to access your internet banking account.
There has been an increase in ‘Smishing’ attacks at the moment, so be alert! Remember, KBC will never ask you to provide your KBC User ID or logon to kbc.ie via any link provided over SMS.
What to do if you have received a suspicious SMS?
Voice phishing is fraudsters using social engineering over the phone to extract private personal and financial information for the purpose of perpetrating fraud. Voice phishing is typically used to steal account details, credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.
To protect yourself, you should be highly suspicious when receiving messages requesting you call them to provide financial or personal information, if you receive such a message, only call back on a number you can verify online for the caller.