Phishing – Fraud Awareness

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Be Fraud Aware – Phishing 

In today’s digital age, where technology connects us in more ways than ever before, the threat of fraud looms large. While it’s not the most thrilling topic, understanding the ins and outs of common scams is vital to safeguarding your hard-earned money and personal information. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and delve deeper into the world of fraud, exploring phishing, vishing, and smishing  – and how you can steer clear of these traps. First up in the series is Phishing

Understanding Phishing: Picture this scenario: you’re scrolling through your email inbox when you come across a message seemingly from your Credit Union. The email urges you to click on a link to update your account details due to a security breach. What do you do? Stop right there! This could be a classic case of phishing. 

Phishing emails often mimic legitimate organisations and employ various tactics to trick you into revealing sensitive information. They may use urgent language, threats of account suspension, or promises of rewards to lure you into clicking on malicious links or attachments. Remember, your Credit Union will never ask you to verify your account details via email. When in doubt, reach out to your Credit Union directly using verified contact information. 

Example of Phishing: Subject: Urgent Action Required: Security Breach Detected! 

Dear Member, 

We regret to inform you that a security breach has been detected in our system, putting your account at risk. To safeguard your funds and personal information, we kindly ask you to click on the link below to verify your account details. 

[Link to Phishing Website] 

Failure to do so may result in immediate account suspension. Act now to avoid any disruptions to your banking services. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

[Credit Union Name] 

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Keep Safe

Here are a few key points to consider in order to keep yourself safe with thanks to Fraud Smart

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