Sparkasse, Postbank, Ing-Bank: You should currently pay attention to these scams
Created: 12/01/2022 13:12
By: Stella Henrich
Phishing emails with the subject "New Fingerprint System" are currently being sent on behalf of the Sparkasse and other financial institutions.
The emails look deceptively real: the scammers even address the recipients by their full names.
Munich – Phishing emails are currently in circulation again.
It states that the accounts of bank customers will be converted.
new fingerprint system
is to be introduced.
EU-wide security guidelines are given as the reason, and customers are promised low account management fees.
two-factor authentication are
used - the recipient of the e-mail is even written with his full name.
Sounds trustworthy, but it's downright dangerous.
Because the seemingly genuine e-mail in the name of the Sparkasse is a scam, consumer advocates from the North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Advice Center are now warning of the scam
used by criminal Internet fraudsters, which also affects customers from other financial institutions.
With the mail and the required verification, the fraudsters want to access important data and use it for themselves.
Recipients of the e-mails should therefore under no circumstances click on the attached button, but rather delete the e-mail immediately, is the urgent warning.
Warning of phishing mails from savings banks and banks
The fraudsters are clearly targeting the data of the Sparkasse customers.
That is why the customers should fill in missing information about themselves within the next seven days, according to the text of the false letter.
If you don't follow this in time, your account will be temporarily deactivated.
Postbank customers have to be careful: cybercriminals are currently tapping their cell phone numbers.
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Before those affected delete the email or move it to the spam folder, they should send it to
and also inform their “real” bank about the criminal fake email.
This is the only way to take steps against the attempted fraud.
Customers of the ING Bank should also beware of phishing mails at the moment.
Cyber criminals send emails claiming that the ING Banking To Go app needs to be updated - usually with a very short deadline.
Landesbank Berlin and Postbank customers are also struggling with phishing.
In the current mail to Postbank customers, a comparison of their mobile phone number is required in order to "continue to be able to fully participate in the bank's BestSign App", warns the NRW consumer advice center.
As so often, a link is attached, which should be followed in order to comply with the request.
Due to the spelling and grammatical errors, the impersonal form of address and the incorrect sender address, this e-mail can clearly be classified as an attempt at fraud.
Delete the email and block the senders.
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Anyone who has already fallen for the scam and has disclosed personal data must expect to have caught a virus on their computer in this way.
Customers should therefore immediately update their virus protection program and then check their computer for viruses and malware.
It is best for these customers to ask an expert who has experience with cybercriminals.
This will certainly advise those affected to change personal data such as PIN, passwords or security questions that were stored on the customer's computer.
Because once the data is in the hands of criminals, it can no longer be undone.
In the end, the only thing that helps is a criminal complaint to the police.