HSBC warning as scam text may be followed with dangerous call – ‘getting serious!’

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HSBC warning as scam text may be followed with dangerous call – ‘getting serious!’

HSBC has unfortunately been targeted by cybercriminals in the past who are looking to take advantage of customers. Fraudsters have put out scam tex

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HSBC has unfortunately been targeted by cybercriminals in the past who are looking to take advantage of customers. Fraudsters have put out scam text messages which often urge Britons to take action to rectify a so-called issue with their account. A recent text message read: “HSBC FRAUD ALERT: Your account has been temporarily stopped due to some attempted irregular payments that has been spotted by our security team.

For text messages, individuals are always urged never to click a link from a text unless it is expected correspondence.

People should always delete the text message as soon as they possibly can and never reply. 

Another warning sign, which has occurred in the aforementioned text, is spelling and grammar errors.

HSBC has said if a person believes a phone call is a scam, they should hang up immediately.

Individuals should also be aware of calls which tell them to ‘press one’ as while these may put people through to criminals, it could also switch them over to a premium rate call.

Britons are also told they can hang up and phone the bank themselves, often using the number on the back of their card, if they are unsure of the legitimacy of a call. 

Several individuals warned of this seemingly new technique of combined phone calls and scam texts, taking to social media to explain.

One person warned: “These bank account scammers are getting serious.

“My friend was one click away from losing all his savings today because the fraud text came from the same number he received regular banking updates from.

“They followed up with a call from an HSBC number too.”

Another said: “Just received my first ever scam phone call. They pretended to be from HSBC to verify my banking information.

“Scary thing is that they knew my name and phone number.”

A third individual wrote: “I had a scam call from an HSBC number. Claimed to be Fraud Team. Very convincing. Be careful.”

And a fourth penned: “Had a scam text from HSBC the other day. They are relentless – how do these people sleep at night?”



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