Criminals have been swift to seize on lockdown, targeting people with fake emails, texts and phone calls. Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph from UK Finance, the banking trade body, revealed that the number of impersonation scams, in which fraudsters pretended to be a trusted authority, doubled in 2020 to 39,360 cases. Victims were robbed of £150.3 million from their bank accounts – an average of £4,000 per scam.
Here's a couple of samples received by members recently.
There’s an email circulating which says, “As a result of new regulation coming into effect in March, in addition to providing your ID and security numbers, you will need to confirm identity either through our convenient mobile banking app or by providing a one time passcode which is sent to your phone.”
It is sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t be fooled, it’s another scam!