Does your bank or insurance company suddenly ask you for login details and account numbers via email? You may have come across a bank bluff, also known as phishing.
You often read about scams that were sent out where the recipient is asked to provide personal information. Now it has happened again, this time in the name of Länsförsäkringar.
Banks are perceived as reliable
As a customer of a bank and insurance company, these are perceived as reliable and serious. For this reason, fraudsters often use this type of name.
Internet fraud is becoming more and more common, according to a new survey by IT company Senator. The survey finds that 65% of Sweden’s population has at some time been exposed to scams. The most common age to suffer is between 18-29.
Phishing – increasingly common
This type of fraud is also called phishing. The purpose of the fraud is to get people to disclose their private information such as login details, credit card numbers and bank account numbers.
The scammers can thus access your money, use your card to shop on the web or order goods in your name.
How do you protect yourself?
As a recipient of this type of e-mail, you should always contact your bank or your insurance company. Banks and other credit institutions never ask for your personal information via email.
Usually the scam contains some form of link. It is also important not to click on the link sent in the email. There is a risk that your computer will get viruses.
Always double-check with your bank / insurance company
Do not open questionable emails
Don’t click on any links
The fraudsters do not always pretend to be a bank or an insurance company.
In many cases, e-mails are sent stating that you have won the lottery, that you have paid too much money when you have paid an invoice or that a lawyer wants to contact you regarding a legacy of a previously unknown relative abroad.