Protect yourself from fraud
Learn about the different types of fraud
More and more people are being targeted by fraudsters, so it’s important to be alert. Knowing about the different types of fraud can help you protect yourself and your money.
Why you need to stay alert
Fraudsters try to appear legitimate, so it’s important to be vigilant.
Think you’ve been targeted?
Contact us straight away if you think you may have been the victim of fraud or a scam.
Types of fraud to watch out for
These are among the most common tricks currently used by fraudsters but they constantly come up with new ways to contact you, so be vigilant.
A fraudster gets access to your personal information or steals your credit or debit card details. This lets them spend with your card.
Fraudsters steal personal information about you to impersonate you. They then take out loans and credit cards in your name, or withdraw cash from your bank account.
Cash machine fraud
Fraudsters continue to find new ways to pull off this con, but the outcome is still the same – distracted at an ATM, you lose sight of your card and your bank account is emptied before you realise.
Remote access fraud
A persuasive phone caller might claim they’ve spotted a problem with your computer and offer to take remote control of it to fix it. They could even say they’re calling from a bank and need to help with a ‘problem with your account’.
Phishing, Smishing and Vishing
A fraudster contacts you claiming to be from a well-known company or organisation, such as a bank or the police. When they contact you by email it’s called phishing, by phone it’s vishing, and by SMS message it’s smishing.
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Protect your PIN
Never give anyone your banking codes or passwords – this includes any type of PINsentry code, Online Banking login details1, Barclays app activation codes or QR code.
Create a strong password
Mix numbers, letters and other symbols. Try a memorable phrase such as ‘I started Baker Secondary School in 2000!’ and use each word’s initial letter i.e. IsBSSi2000!
Click links carefully
While links in emails or texts from family or friends may be fine, don’t click on any link (or open attachments) in unsolicited emails or in texts you weren’t expecting.
Avoid ‘remote access’
Don’t let someone you don’t know have access to your computer, especially remotely over the phone (not face-to-face).
If you’re not sure you’re safe or something feels unusual, remember to always check, act with care, and never share.
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