Scam alert from Lloyds Bank: ‘Politeness’ might put Brits at risk – ‘don’t walk into a trap!’
LLOYDS BANK, in conjunction with a fraud campaign, has warned Britons to pay attention since their goodwill could be misinterpreted by criminals looking to steal personal information and money. Many people are currently being targeted, and they must be vigilant in order to remain safe.
Unfortunately, scams abound, as clever thieves prey on the weak. However, anyone can become a victim, and these con artists also prey on the distracted, those who lead hectic lives and may not be paying full attention at any given time. The so-called impersonation scam is one sort of fraud that is unfortunately on the rise. This entails criminals posing as representatives of reputable organizations such as banks, law enforcement agencies, or government departments in order to lend credibility to any statements they make. Criminals will frequently undertake this type of scam over the phone in an attempt to hook and then reel in Britons, unknowing to the person who answers the phone.
The perpetrator will next utilize a variety of cover stories to dupe the victim into transferring money. These can include claims that an account must be protected from fraud, that a fee or tax must be paid, or that an incorrect refund must be repaid.
The surge in impersonation schemes, on the other hand, has been a source of concern for legitimate authorities. The scope of the problem, which is targeting naïve individuals and making them victims, has been revealed by research from the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign.
One out of every five persons said they are uneasy answering “no” to a stranger’s request for personal information via email or text message. When it comes to phone calls, this number climbs to nearly a quarter of those polled.
Overall, 92 percent of those polled claimed they answered “yes” to avoid appearing disrespectful. Many Britons were discovered to say things like “I’m not sure,” “let me think about it,” and “I don’t think so.” However, this could provide a route in for thieves as they try to gradually break down the resistance of the person in question.
The amount of persons who are being targeted has also been revealed by figures from UK Finance. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”