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Don’t get hooked! There is a lot of “Phishing” about.

Don’t get hooked! There is a lot of “Phishing” about.

The EROSKI foundation, in their advice to consumers, this month warn us to beware of emails scams devised to extract confidential information from the unsuspecting public.

by Sebastián Polinares

Phishing attacks are on the increase in Spain.

Amongst others, the clients of Banco Popular, Banesto, BBVA, Caja Madrid and Cajamar have been subjected to an avalanche of attacks with the object of stealing personal data that give access to the bankÂ’s services online.

This type of fraud is known as “phishing” and it consists of emitting a massive number of emails copying the original identity of the banking or finance entities. The email requests the recipient for personal information and passwords or it may lead to a false web page, an identical copy of the original, from which the fraudsters capture the information.

The messages appear to be authentic, from the bank, and can link to web pages which also appear to be within the original bankÂ’s website and under the pretext of a check or system requirement you are asked to introduce the information. Often the message even states that this is being done as a matter of security to avoid fraud. Other messages say that if the requested information is not provided within 24 hours, the banking or finance entity will need to block the account for security reasons.

Be warned! The recipient must ignore these messages and must never provide the information requested. If he does the chances are that he will soon become victim to the fraud.

Just remember, no bank or financial institution will ask or have the need to ask for your password.


Some advice:

  • Do not reply to e-mails written in a language you do not understand. No institution will ever write to you in a foreign language unless previously agreed. 
  • Do not reply to e-mails sent by institutions of which you are not a client, specially if they ask you for personal information.
  • Do not take part in any lucky draws or financial offers impulsively.
  • Do not reply to e-mails from financial institutions that suddenly or for the first time threaten to close your account.
  • If you feel that you need to respond, first check it out by phone personally with the sending bank or institution.

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