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“Activate FPS-PSD2+ for your account”: Phishing scam puts pressure on savings bank customers

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July 27, 2022 at 10:08 a.m.

If you received an email with the subject line “Enable FPS-PSD2+ for your account”, it is a Sparkasse phishing scam. The content is fictitious.

The security rules contained in this Sparkasse phishing email do not correspond to the truth. (Source: consumer center)

  • Criminals are always coming up with new phishing scams to take control of your bank account.
  • Currently, Sparkasse customers are the target and a security procedure is used as a pretext.
  • Do not follow the instructions of the courier!

Cybercriminals always target bank customers and want to get your personal details with phishing emails. Fraudsters are currently sending messages on behalf of Sparkasse.

In the email, the criminals point out that EU changes to the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) will come into effect in the future. During this, the savings bank reportedly developed a new fingerprinting method called FPS-PSD2+. It is also claimed that this technology makes your account more secure. You will be prompted to verify your account and provide your personal information via the attached link. Otherwise, the new procedure cannot be launched.

As is often the case, none of this information is real. there is noise Consumer Center no new European directives and no FPS-PSD2+ procedure. If you click on the link, you provide fraudsters with all the data they need to abuse your bank account. To put extra pressure on you, they threaten to ban your account.

We advise you to ignore and delete the mail. If you have fallen into the scam, you should immediately contact your Sparkasse contact person. If you react quickly, you can prevent the worst.

Simple signs: this is how you recognize every phishing email

A first indication that you have received a phishing email: The email will ask you to confirm personal data or enter it on a website. This Under no circumstances should you comply with the request. Also, criminals often use official company logos that they copy in their emails, but not official sender addresses.

If you find the suspicious sender, you should read the email twice. You will often find spelling mistakes or inconsistencies in German grammar. Attackers usually do not write their emails themselves, but rather use automatically generated messages or translate known emails with a translation program. But why all these efforts?

What do criminals achieve with phishing attacks?

Phishing is used on the Internet to collect real user data. The latter can make money if email addresses, names and other information are sold for advertising purposes or submitted in criminal forums. Thanks to the data obtained, cybercriminals can also deal with future phishing attacks in a more targeted way, which makes their attacks more effective.

Have you received a suspicious email?

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  • Spelling mistake?

  • Sensitive data requested?

  • Official logos?

  • Unknown sender?

Attachments and links in malicious emails also often inject malware or viruses into your computer. Also, you should not just ignore suspicious emails. Forward them to the email address above and help us report future phishing attacks.

More fraud alerts on netzwelt – stay ahead of cybercriminals

But phishing emails aren’t the only danger lurking on the internet. In addition to fraud attempts, there are all kinds of viruses, Trojans and malware that can infect your computer. Unfortunately, data scandals are also part of everyday digital life. You can see the five most recent articles on the subject of “Scam Alerts” below:

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