Beware online banking scams

The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today encouraged people to be wary of online banking scams as part of Fraud Awareness Week 2014.

“Online scammers are constantly thinking up new ways to trick people into handing over personal information,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope.

“Never give anyone your PIN or internet banking username or password. Your bank will never ask you for this confidential information. Anyone who asks for this, even if they say they’re from your bank or a retailer you know, will in all likelihood be trying to scam you.

“Once scammers have that information, such as your account number, log-in details, or password, they can access your identity and your money.”

“If it doesn’t seem right, take care and double check it first before handing over personal information.”

“Everyone has a role to play in fighting fraud by being vigilant and reporting scams.

“Reporting scams raises public awareness and helps stop scammers in their tracks. Contact your bank as soon as possible if you think you’ve been taken in by a scam,” Hope said.

Scams can also be reported here.

Online scams are the focus of this year’s Fraud Awareness Week campaign, which is co-ordinated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. More information about Fraud Awareness Week is available here.