Five banking scams to watch out for
Banking online can be fraught with danger, with criminals creating apps and impersonating banks to steal people’s money.
One of the most notable was a fake app called 2FA Authenticator on Google Play. This app appeared to be entirely legitimate but in the background it disabled system security checks on victims’ devices and secretly installed malware that stole login details. Another dangerous scam saw fraudsters spoof their caller ID to match banks and steal money via calls and texts.
Beware of ‘free’ supermarket vouchers
Have you seen misleading ‘free’ supermarket voucher posts on social media? These posts claim to offer free grocery vouchers, but they actually require you to sign up to play a series of games and subscriptions. This not only takes up your time, it can also cost you money and involve you handing over your personal information.
Geek Squad scam
The Geek Squad scam continues with fraudsters impersonating the tech support company’s customer service advisors. Scammers send dodgy emails containing a fake customer service number for Geek Squad. When you call, you’re persuaded to give the scammer access to your computer, allowing them to steal your personal information and money.
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