The alert rises for a new and worrying scam capable of affecting ours current accounts, already reported several times in some areas of the country.
With the arrival of the summer period, which for many Italian citizens coincides with the holidays, in general the number of transactions rises dramatically, as well as that of scams and deceptions carried out by criminals who try to take advantage of a level of attention lower. This is why the advice is always to remain particularly vigilant even in times when you would like to do nothing but switch off to relax.
Apart from the classic scams, carried out by sending false messages and emails on the electronic devices of the target on duty, with the aim of taking possession of password and access codes that are often able to open the doors also to current accounts, criminals manage to implement new scams, constantly continuing to improve themselves in order to bring an increasing number of victims into their network.
To disguise themselves more and more perfectly even in the eyes of those who are more attentive, online scammers are now using a method renamed with the name of “spoofing“, or a cyber attack that occurs with an almost perfect falsification of identity. The unsuspecting victim will have the conviction of communicating directly with his bank, since the main contacts with it are faithfully reproduced, starting from the telephone number registered in address book.
Unfortunately, falling into the trap is very easy, since, thanks to the ability to clone the telephone numbers of banks and credit institutions, criminals are able to easily deceive victims. All thanks to the use of voip services provided by managers with offices in foreign countries: scammers therefore have the possibility of using any telephone number, even if it already exists, without limits or problems.
The scam recently hit customers Unicredit: by sending a text message, the user is informed of a necessary update of the data of the home banking service. Then comes the classic request to click on a link, activating which you are completely exposed to scammers, who take possession of the victim’s sensitive data. The advice, since banks never inform their customers via text message, is not to enter codes or passwords nor to click on any link, but to go to the branch and report the scam directly to the forces of order as soon as possible. .