As the festive season draws near, cybercriminals will pull out all the tricks in the book to try and cheat you out of your hard-earned cash.
Yolande Steyn, Head of Innovation at FNB says, “Cybercrime is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with fraudsters constantly finding new ways of carrying out their unlawful conduct, especially during busy periods like the festive season. Consumers should therefore be extra vigilant with their banking information and login details at all times.”
While the rapid growth of technology presents us with boundless opportunities, it also requires vigilance to prevent people and business being vulnerable to cybercrime.
Protect yourself against digital banking fraud:
- Always keep your PIN and password secure. If you think your PIN or password has been compromised, change it immediately either on your banking App, online banking or at your nearest ATM or branch.
- Remember to change your passwords and PINs regularly.
- Never use the same username and password for banking as you use on other apps and websites like social media and e-mail.
- Download your banking App to keep track of your accounts and transactions and have additional security with you 24/7. From a security point of view you can approve legitimate transactions and stop fraudulent online banking transactions, report fraud for any suspicious transactions, and temporarily block or cancel your cards.
- Log on to your bank’s website by typing in the web address yourself instead of accessing it via Google search as this may lead you to a spoofed site.
- Always do Internet banking on a secure computer that you regularly use at home or work. Never do online banking in public areas such as Internet cafés or shared computers, as you can never know what software is loaded that may compromise your transactions.
- Download free Trend Antivirus and Antimalware for your computer and/or smartphone. Log on to your bank’s online banking and click the link at the bottom of the screen to download and activate your free antivirus and antimalware.
- Update your smartphone and computer with the latest software and app updates.
- Monitor your cellphone reception. If you have lost signal for an unusually long time, you may be a victim of SIM swop fraud. Immediately contact your bank’s Fraud Line to report a suspected SIM swop.
- Never open suspicious or unfamiliar e-mails or attachments, and never click on links in e-mails or SMS’s. Criminals make e-mails and SMS look legitimate and often bait you with scare tactics to confirm your account details or to login to prevent your account from being closed. They even incentivise you to win something or get something for free in order to get access to your account.
- Criminals may sometimes call you, pretending to be from your bank, service provider or a reputable retailer, and ask you to verify personal and banking information. It will be safer for you to hang up and call the company directly to verify if the call is legitimate.
- Only do online shopping with your card on reputable websites that are verified as secure sites.
- Never save usernames, passwords or PINs on your cellphone or computer as it may allow others to access your banking without your permission.
Although these tips are by no means conclusive, they will go a long to ensure that you keep your money safe over the festive period.
Source: FNB. Image: SG Cyber Security