Beware Of Conmen Using Fake Calls To Trap Bank Customers

March 7, 2014

Bank customers are required to be on the lookout so as not to fall prey to conmen who have developed a consummate skill of stealing money from your account.
In January this year, two middle-aged men appeared before a Nakuru court accused of defrauding Rafiki Deposit Taking Microfinance a sum of Sh850,000.
Between April 2012 and April 2013, the Central Bank of Kenya estimated that Kenyan banks lost Sh1.4 billion to ATM fraud.
According to an article published yesterday by the Daily Mail (UK), banking and internet fraudsters have resorted to new technology targeting bank customers by calling a phone number that mimics that of their bank. Victims receive calls that appear to be from their bank and the conmen trick them into revealing their online details.
The scam is known as ‘number spoofing’, where crooks call customers using a phone number which mimics that of their bank using a device which can copy any number.
Those with qualms about the legitimacy of the caller will be advised to check the printed number at the back of the debit card issued by their bank, and this will match the one showing on the phone.
There is a possibility that some of the customer’s details may have been obtained from the internet by criminals. They then use this information to trick the customer to reveal online banking passwords, which they then hack into to transfer money.
Additional reporting by Daily Mail.

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