Santander scam warning over common ploy fraudsters use to steal thousands of pounds – Express
A man checks his financesSantander has warned about a fraudsters deploy which can see victims lose thousands of pounds.
The scam is often used at holiday destinations to dupe unsuspecting tourists who think they are getting a good deal on a purchase.
The bank shared a person’s story in a Twitter post, who was buying souvenirs on holiday when they found an electronics shop.
They said: “The owner was so welcoming. He had a great deal on an iPad and I couldn’t say no.
“I tried to pay a few times and he said there was a ‘dodgy internet connection’. Next thing I know I realised I’ve been scammed out of thousands of pounds.”
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The bank also said if the seller says the transaction has failed, the consumer should ask for a receipt to show it has.
Santander also said: “Remember you can always check the transaction status in your mobile banking app.”
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Santander recently issued advice after a person was sent a suspicious text telling them to review their account because of “recent activities”.
Scammers often send out messages pretending to be from banks or other legitimate groups with links to websites under their control.
The bank said: “This seems like a scam. We wouldn’t normally ask customers to click links within SMS messages.”
Another person shared an email they had received purportedly from Santander to say their Google pay card had been cancelled.
The message was very convincing as it included the last four digits of their card number.
A Santander spokesperson told previously: “Fraudsters will often use personal or financial detail previously obtained through phishing, smishing or vishing to make their approach to potential victims look more convincing.
“If customers are in any doubt at all about whether a message is genuine, they should get in touch by calling the Stop Scams number on 159.”
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