Status: 06.12.2023, 04:51 a.m.
By: Mark Stoffers
Phishing e-mails are once again causing concern for the savings banks. They urgently warn against the fraudulent attempts of the criminals. (Symbolic photo). © Julian Stratenschulte
Savings banks in Germany are warning customers about a scam. It points to phishing emails that can cause great financial damage.
Bremen – Time and again, banks in Germany warn of fraudsters who could fall for customers. Most recently, fraudsters took advantage of a security vulnerability at Commerzbank to empty accounts. Now the savings bank is urgently warning of a new, perfidious scam.
The savings bank is no exception to such fraud attempts. With more than 40 million current accounts, they are a popular target for criminals. The so-called phishing e-mails are particularly often the focus of attention. In this way, the fraudsters want to tempt bank customers to fall for their machinations and grab at least part of the assets.
Savings banks in Germany warn of fraud: "Official" e-mails are supposed to trick customers
After all, the money that fraudsters could possibly swindle from the customers of the savings banks in Germany is also considerable sums. According to the 2022 financial year, the entire savings banks have total assets of almost 1,500 billion euros. This was announced by the German Savings Banks and Giro Association DSGV. So it's no wonder that there are quite a few scams circulating to get the money in the bank accounts.
While a PayPal trap, a call threatens fraud and PayPal fraud debits thousands of euros, the savings bank is currently warning again against e-mails pretending to be official letters from the bank. The subject line reads "Release procedure invalid – need for action". As a result, the savings banks are concerned that their customers will feel compelled to act immediately and click on.
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Under the pretext of an invalid release procedure, fraudsters try to persuade you to call up a fraudulent website (phishing page), according to the savings bank. On the page itself, the online banking access data, personal data and credit card data are then to be disclosed – in order to gain access to the account. "The computer emergency team of the Savings Banks Finance Group therefore urgently warns against these e-mails," it says in reference to the new scam, which savings bank customers should be wary of.
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In its urgent warning, the savings bank continues: "Please do not enter any data on the phishing sites. Otherwise, your data could be misused by fraudsters to make fraudulent payments." If Sparkasse customers have already fallen for the e-mails, the Sparkasse strongly recommends that you take action as soon as possible and have your online banking access and credit card blocked. The chaos surrounding new account models at Stadtsparkasse München is of secondary importance.