It is becoming more and more secure to make transactions over the Internet, but attempts are still made to obtain money fraudulently. What do we need to look out for?
WHAT IS PHISHING?
A portmanteau of the words « password » and « fishing », phishing means « fishing for passwords ». It refers to the theft of sensitive information, such as login details, via bogus websites.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Fraudsters create fake websites that appear identical to authentic ones, and attract Internet users to them using fraudulent emails sent from addresses that the fraudsters have created themselves. These emails prompt you to enter your registration details (user ID, password, bank details, …) under false pretexts.
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There is a phone variant of phishing (vishing) that works in a similar way, and QR-phishing which consists of pasting false QR codes over authentic ones to redirect people to bogus sites.
WHAT MEASURES CAN BE TAKEN TO PREVENT IT?
Never reply to an email requesting identification data
Never use an email link or QR code to connect to e-banking
Always type in the bank's website address manually.
Never reveal your password or other security information over the phone
Always check that your e-banking connection is secure
How do I know if a connection is secure?
If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the organisation concerned. If this is a phishing attempt, they will then be able to warn other users about it.
Find out more at https://www.ebankingabersicher.ch/fr/
See the 'e-banking in complete security' « checklist » on the website of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI).