Georgia: The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) has issued a public warning regarding an increase in phishing cases, advising consumers to use caution while exchanging personal and financial data online.
Customers of the NBG’s services have been contacted by unknown people via mobile applications, according to the NBG, who offered them services and sent them links to websites where they would be requested to enter a credit card number and other personal information.
“After the NBG’s users entered their personal and card information on the links, their bank accounts became compromised by anonymous individuals, which results in financial losses for them,” the NBG said.
Moreover, the Bank advised the public to avoid entering personal information on “suspicious websites” provided by anonymous individuals, as well as conducting banking or financial transactions on such sites.
The NBG stated that through materials posted on its official website and other resources, it “sometimes provides” consumers with warnings and educational information on often utilised financial fraud schemes.
Furthermore, the Bank also announced that they had found a number of cases in which unknown individuals contacted clients via WhatsApp and offered them various products to buy online.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is described as a malicious activity that is done in order to steal private information from users, such as card numbers, login credentials and passwords. It is usually done by email and various other forms of electronic communication.
How to Identify a Phishing attack?
These are some of the common factors that will help you to identify a phishing attack:
•The message will offer a very impressive benefit that seems difficult to believe.
•You will be marked in CC in an email with anonymous recipients.
•The mail has strange attachments or suspicious links. These may have some online threats like ransomware or malware.
•The email has subtle wrong spellings, particularly in the case of company names and software names.