Avoid becoming a victim of phishing

Standard Bank Namibia extended another warning to its clients to be diligent in their awareness of financial crime.

“Standard Bank would like to inform all banking clients about the fraudulent scheme, phishing. This type of fraudulent activity has been doing its rounds, but we find that people continue to fall victim to phishing,” said Surihe Gaomas-Guchu, Corporate Communications Manager at Standard Bank Namibia.

Explaining how a typical phising scam works, she said “Fraudsters send you unsolicited emails, which are purportedly from the bank. Usually these emails request you to click on a link in the email in order to update your personal details. Once clicked, the link will redirect you to a fraudulent website. Your personal details are then sent to the fraudsters.”

Prevent falling victim to phishing by doing the following, she advised.

Type the website address into your Internet browser rather than clicking on a hyperlink in the email;

Only use secure Internet banking sites;

Beware of unusually long website addresses;

Contact your bank immediately if you have compromised confidential information; and

Remember that a bank will never request you to confirm confidential information via email or the Internet.

“Never click on a link contained in the body of the email and never reply to any of these fraudulent emails,” she said adding that it is important also to remind one’s friends and family to be cautious when receiving these suspicious emails. “Delete the email message immediately,” she said.

For more information about how to protect yourself and your family from fraud, visit your branch, the Standard Bank Namibia website or Facebook page.

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