NatWest is used by many Britons for their banking needs, both on a personal level and also by businesses. However, the bank has expressed concern that a new type of scam is becoming an “emerging threat”. This, it explained, are vaccination scams, which can potentially steal the personal details of unsuspecting victims.
Firstly, the bank highlighted the emerging prevalence of fake advertisements appearing on reputable websites.
As a result, people should try to shop online with websites that are known and trusted, using MasterCard or VISA.
If a deal looks too good to be true, and is from a website that hasn’t been heard of previously, then it probably is.
People should “do their homework” on the matter checking refund policies, contact information and reviews before making a purchase.
In some instances, criminals will use online competitions, or offers of free shopping vouchers in a ‘phishing’ exercise.
This will harvest the sensitive details of unsuspecting victims and could have serious financial consequences.
Britons should also be aware of unsolicited phone calls, texts or emails which request personal or bank details.
NatWest explained banks or the police will never ask people for a full PIN or password, or ask money to be moved from a person’s account.
Therefore, any messages of this kind can be assumed to be a scam, and people should be on their guard.
Finally, as a general rule, people should not recycle their passwords, and always use a unique password for bank accounts and email.