Are you a customer of the Commonwealth Bank?
Even if you’re not, you’re being targeted anyway – scammers are sending texts to Australians pretending to be the major bank with the goal of stealing your details.
A number of texts, sent to an Australian that does not bank with CBA and obtained by Yahoo Finance, appear to be from the major bank alerting to “abnormal activity in your account” followed by a hyperlink.
But such texts are hoaxes and ought to be treated with suspicion, a CBA spokesperson told Yahoo Finance.
“We encourage customers to look out and remain vigilant as we will never contact them with links that ask for confidential banking details like their PIN, NetBank client number, password or a NetCode SMS,” the spokesperson said.
Scammers will target anyone and are becoming more sophisticated in their use of technology.
CBA has a dedicated team for monitoring and preventing unusual activity, and also works with government, law enforcement agencies and other banks to tackle potential threats, the spokesperson added.
“Unfortunately, scams and illegal activity may still occur from time to time.”
CBA customers who notice unusual activity should report it to CBA on 13 2221, and non-CBA customers who have been targeted by this SMS hoax should contact their bank immediately and update their security details, the spokesperson advised.
How to stay vigilant
Be suspicious of texts asking for personal information and report them to your bank
Don’t open any unfamiliar links or attachments
Not sure if an email is really from your bank? Visit their website and call them directly and don’t reply to the email
Not sure if the call is really from your bank? Hang up immediately and contact your bank
Check your transactions for unusual payments and turn on notifications for outgoing transactions
Use locks to keep a control on how your card is used, e.g. blocking international, online or contactless payments, locking your card if it’s lost, and limiting the number of transactions
Destroy any expired cards
Australians lost nearly half a billion to scammers last year, according to competition watchdog ACCC.
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