I got this WhatsApp message which I felt was very useful for you. It is the agonising story of a bank customer who fell into the hands of fraudsters via a email received. You will certainly find the message (slightly edited to suit publishing) very useful. Read the message……
I (name withheld) got an email from (supposedly) from my bank (name withheld) some hours ago, that I was debited with N14,500 for a bulletin I subscribed for. The email further stated that I should click a link to oblige or another link below to decline. I clicked on the link to decline because it will be assumed that I agreed to the terms and conditions if I don’t respond to the mail in 12hrs. 🙂
I clicked on the link to decline the offer since I don’t want my N14,500 to be debited for some magazine I didn’t subscribe for. I got these same email last week and I got tired calling the bank’s customer service that day. I gave up after wasting about N600 worth of airtime. I felt the need to respond when I got the message again today. Lo and behold, the link took me to my Internet banking page. It requested that I enter my log in details which I did. The page requested I answer my test question which I did 1st, then entered my 6 digits token code which Is usually requested when doing online banking.
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After I filled the form, the page kept loading and I was hoping I would see a page where I would click the decline button. Then the worse thing happened……I got an alert that all the money in my account has been debited. They left only the kobo for me.
I went to the nearest office of the bank to complain, and I was told that my account was hacked!!! The debit alert I got showed that I recharged with all the money in my account.
Lo and behold I was given the number that was recharged at the bank. I was told at the bank that I used my money to recharge that number thinking that it was mine. I wonder if wanted to call heaven or hell that I will recharge that much. All my money is gone and nothing can be done about it, I am sharing this with you all so that won’t fall a victim too. Please be careful.
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Scammers, fraudsters and hackers are everywhere. They use all sorts of gimmicks. I have gotten this same message a number of times in the past. I even got an email (supposedly from Yahoo) saying that they got a request to terminate my email account. They said I could cancel the request if I did not make the request, by clicking on a link. I simply smiled at these messages because I saw the clear hand writing on the wall.
These days, you MUST be security conscious. Some people have this I-don’t-care attitude towards issues like this. Even when they stumble on useful articles like what Infoplaze provides, they will ignore them. The consequence is becoming vulnerable and easy prey for people who want to harm them, steal from them or cheat them.
You will find this very useful : Surfing The Internet With Caution And Wisdom
A word is enough for the wise 🙂
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”
– Martin Luther King Jr
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