Another online scam spreading in Austria

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Attention, fraud! There are more cases of a rip-off: bank customers are tricked into releasing fraudulent transfers.

Caution is advised here: Currently, fraud schemes such as calls, e-mails, text messages with the “hello mom” trick, or online scams on fake websites occur frequently. Fraudsters are increasingly succeeding in exploiting human “vulnerabilities” through phishing, social engineering and other pretexts.

Especially customers of banking institutions are often coerced these days. Now two experts warn in a video about the currently most common fraud scenarios.

“If money is demanded on the phone, it is always fraud,” emphasizes Gerald Sakoparnig, head of the Fraud Department at the Upper Austria Regional Criminal Police Office. “Likewise with demands for money that arrive by e-mail.”

Because: “Neither the police, banks, lawyers, ambassadors or anyone else demands money on the phone or by e-mail,” says the expert.

What to remember in any case: You should hang up immediately if the phone call seems dubious.

Important: Without active release by the customer, the fraudsters can neither log into the Internet banking platform nor release a transfer.

Recently, a new scam has been making the rounds: An alleged mail from the post office is about supposed shipping costs. The mail says: “You still have to pay shipping costs.” The importance is set to “high.”

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