EUROPOL AND THE EUROPEAN BANKING FEDERATION LAUNCH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON 7 MOST COMMON ONLINE FINANCIAL SCAMS

On 18th October, a news release from Europol reported that it and partners from the public and private sector were kicking off the #CyberScams awareness campaign, with information available in 27 languaguages targeting the most common types of scam –

  • CEO fraud: scammers pretend to be your CEO or senior representative in the organisation and trick you into paying a fake invoice or making an unauthorised transfer out of the business account.
  • Invoice fraud: they pretend to be one of your clients/suppliers and trick you into paying future invoices into a different bank account.
  • Phishing/Smishing/Vishing: they call you, send you a text message or an email to trick you into sharing your personal, financial or security information.
  • Spoofed bank website fraud: they use bank phishing emails with a link to the spoofed website. Once you click on the link, various methods are used to collect your financial and personal information. The site will look like its legitimate counterpart, with small differences.
  • Romance scam: they pretend to be interested in a romantic relationship. It commonly takes place on online dating websites, but scammers often use social media or email to make contact.
  • Personal data theft: they harvest your personal information via social media channels.
  • Investment and online shopping scams: they make you think you are on a smart investment… or present you with a great fake online offer.

https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/click-here-and-see-how-your-money-disappears-–-criminal-cyberscams-of-21st-century

The guidance is at –

https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/public-awareness-and-prevention-guides/take-control-of-your-digital-life-don’t-be-victim-of-cyber-scams

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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