Be Money Wise – Phishing, Smishing, Vishing!
In our weekly blogs, we like to share our top tips on budgeting and how to cut back on spending in order to save for the future. But we also want to make you aware of how to protect your money, when it comes to spending.
That is why, this week, we are going to look at scams and what to look out for.
Unfortunately, there are many dangers and scams with distrustful people trying to get our money.
Be smart and be aware when it comes to keeping our money safe. Have you come across any scams, especially online, in text messages or on email?
Let’s take a look at the different types of scams out there…
Phishing’ relates to the sending of fraudulent emails, where the person receiving the email is tricked into installing harmful software such as malware, or into handing over sensitive information like a password or PIN number, banking information, PPS, or Eircode number via a cloned website.
‘Smishing’ is the text message equivalent of phishing. The phony messages will usually ask the victim to open a hyperlink in order to “verify” or “reactivate” one of their online accounts. Typically, this can be their online banking, Revenue, or a streaming service account. In other instances, scammers send messages made to look like notifications from delivery companies.
Again, clicking the link will either bring the person to a fake website where they are urged to provide personal information, or to install what appears to be legitimate software but is actually malware.
Lastly, ‘vishing’ relates to scams operated via phone calls.
Here, scammers have been posing as banks, Gardaí, revenue officials, or some other State body. They trick the victim into thinking they need to provide some form of sensitive information because one of their personal accounts has been compromised, or because they are allegedly being investigated themselves.
The money we have is limited so be careful sharing our financial information – especially online. Also be suspicious of ‘Too good to be true offers’ selling goods & services cheaper online. Avoid clicking on offer sites via social media.
Simply put, our money is hard earned, and we need to protect it! Be careful shopping online and sharing financial details.
Make sure our passwords are complex so they are harder to hack. Don’t assume, always check. If possible, don’t click on links in texts and emails, instead go directly to the website of the service provider and check your account. Verify by getting in touch with the service provider directly and ask them if they sent an email or text asking you to take action.
For more information on how to stay safe, visit Fraud Smart. Don’t forget to check out our Global Money Week page, where we discuss more important money topics, such as, protecting our money, Buy Now Pay Later and how to save.
If you have a general money, budgeting or debt question, please call the MABS National Helpline on 0818 07 2000 Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm, WhatsApp 086 035 3141 or find the contact details for your local office.
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