Do you know how most fraudsters gain access to bank accounts? By using some of our natural human qualities against us.

Fraudsters rely on us making these mistakes:

  • Assuming other people have taken the necessary steps to protect us e.g. thinking it must be safe
  • Being curious e.g. by using words/questions or promises that will encourage us to click on a link
  • Being too polite to say no or to ask someone to verify their credentials
  • Looking for great deals and downloading stuff for free
  • Not paying attention when confirming online tasks
  • Assuming an email with the correct logo, official appearance and apparently coming from the correct email address is real, even if the contents are unusual
  • Not thinking things through:
    • if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is,
    • if someone doesn’t want to prove their credentials, they probably don’t have them,
    • if someone asks you to do something that seems implausible, it probably is,
    • if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Remember to stay SAFE:

  • Suspect anything or anyone you don’t know – no matter what or who they claim to be.
  • Ask questions. Whatever a fraudster tries, you have the power to stay in control.
  • Find out for certain who you’re dealing with. Challenge anything that seems suspect.
  • End situations that make you uncomfortable. If you feel threatened, contact the police.