Fraudsters are always thinking up new (and creative!) ways to trick you into clicking on phishing links and obtaining your personal information. From calls saying your accounts are disabled to messages that you that you have a missed delivery on a parcel you didn't order, the stories scammers try to tell are never-ending. It's no cause for alarm, but it is a case to be prepared!
The best way to prepare yourself for identifying a scam email or SMS is to be aware of some of the common red flags of a scam. To help you, we've created some pretend scams and compared them to legitimate Heritage Bank email and SMS. Can you pick which ones are a scam?
ANSWER: Which email is a scam and why...
If you chose 2 then you're correct! Here are the red flags in this email:
Buttons or in-text links can help fraudsters to hide suspicious links. If you click on a link in a scam email, you could get sent to a phishing web page set up to mimic the organisation emailing you. It could even download a virus onto your computer.While Heritage may send information, or confirm receipt of items, by email, we will NEVER send an email that requests you to share personal security details such as your PIN, CCV number, internet banking passwords or credit card details.
If you see a button or in-text link in an email, always hover over it first to see where the link is going before clicking. Remember if you're ever unsure, don't click the link!
Note: We included our old logo in this pretend scam, but this may not necessarily be a red flag! You may still notice our old logo on communications and brochures from time to time as we're in a transition phase to our new design.
ANSWER: Which SMS is a scam and why...
If you chose 1 then you're correct! Here are the red flags in this SMS:
The message may look like it's coming from Heritage Bank but the information in it is generic and may not relate specifically to your account. Especially if you don't have a credit card!
This scam includes a push to act quickly, including a threat that your account may be blocked if you don't take action.
The sender wants you to click on a link to go to a web page to confirm your information. Remember, at times Heritage may prompt you to update your contact details online or activate a new card, but we will never send you a message requesting the disclosure of any personal security details such as your PIN, online banking passwords or credit card details.
The examples included in this article have been created to help you understand some common red flags in scam emails and SMS. They may not include every red flag and scammers may change their tactics over time.
If you're ever unsure about whether an SMS, email or phone call is legitimate, check directly with the organisation using contact details that you find yourself online or by talking to their local office.