Several media reports have appeared over the festive season about online scams where criminals try to get security and account details from debit or credit card holders from unsuspecting account holders
Tonight, I received such an email. Purporting to come from Visa, it was very cleverly put together.
But closer examination confirmed it is a scam designed to get card details so that money can be siphoned from accounts or cards used to buy goods illegally.
This is what the email looks like:
And this next screenshot shows the questions they are asking:
Note that NO bank or creditor should ever ask for security details – e.g., passwords or mother’s maiden name – ever, unless you contacted them first.
I emailed Sheffield Trading Standards at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell them so that they could both investigate and advertise this attempted fraud.
North West Sheffield News Blog readers may also be interested in reading this Sheffield Mercury article about ID theft ..