Phishing attacks rising in Luxembourg
A banking union has warned of a rise in online “Phishing” scams in which people are being conned into handing over their personal bank details.
In 2011, there were 238 phishing cases but so far this year more than 500 were reported, the ABBL and police said in a joint statement released on Thursday.
Phishing is used by hackers to obtain personal information in order to commit identity theft. Victims receive fraudulent emails inviting them to click on a link which appears to take them to the website for their bank. In fact, the site is a copy of the login page where the victim is invited to enter their details.
The page allows attackers to collect data from clients who fall for the scam, and then use them on the actual site of the bank to steal money.
The press release reminds people that banks in Luxembourg never ask for customers' login, password or pin and urges anyone who receives a suspected phishing email to contact their bank to verify its origins.
For information on spotting phishing attempts, visit Luxembourg IT security website www.cases.lu