Police report a bank scam in which the victim’s money was taken for a “substantial sum”.
The scam did not start with a text message or email, but with a direct phone call on behalf of the bank.
The case reminds us that scams from “Microsoft Technical Support” are not the only active phone scams.
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In the case that came to light this morning, the victim received a call on behalf of the bank.
During the call, he was given a phone number to call.
There, the respondent appeared as a police officer at the bank’s control room and raised concerns about the funds in the bank account of the plaintiff.
He asked for the victim’s bank IDs to “ensure the preservation of funds”.
Police are reminded that bank IDs should not be given to anyone by phone, email or text message.
You also need to be especially careful with these scams because getting your money back can be difficult or even impossible.
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All in all, EUR 7 million has already been taken from Finns through various bank frauds this year alone.
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On Friday, the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency's Traficom Cyber Security Center warned of a recent scam message that the bank card has been blocked.
The scam message in the email looks genuine but contains typos.
Photo: Cyber Security Center
These rules of thumb issued by the police are worth keeping in mind.
If you are contacted and asked for bank IDs, do not provide them and report the incident to the police.
Never call the number provided on the phone, but ask which police department or bank the caller is from.
Call back through a police station or bank exchange.
If you provide bank IDs and suspect a scam, contact your own bank immediately.
Perhaps surprisingly, according to the police, the emergency center should then be called 112. A bank fraud is therefore an emergency of the kind that calling the number is justified.
Also warn elderly relatives and acquaintances about these scammers and their practices.