Beware of Fraudulent Customer Communications by email, phone and SMS.
28 May 2012
CommSec and Commonwealth Bank of Australia customers should be aware of receiving fraudulent emails, automated phone calls, and SMS text messages from deceptive and unknown sources pretending to be the Commonwealth Bank of Australia requesting their account details.
CommSec does not send emails requesting you to confirm, update or disclose your confidential information.
The best protection is awareness. Please be mindful of the potential threat of hoax emails, and now telephone and SMS scams. You should remain vigilant and remember if an offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
Some things to look out for are:
What should you do if you think you’ve been contacted by a fraudulent party?
- Email requests for private information or to collect prizes/rewards;
- Poor grammar and punctuation;
- Foreign voice recordings;
- Unusual or unrecognisable email or phone details
- Embedded Web Links or email addresses that are clickable.
If you think you’ve received an email, a call or SMS from someone purporting to be from the Commsec or Commonwealth Bank of Australia that you are unsure about, please do not disclose your account details. Contact Commsec on 13 15 19 or your nearest branch, Relationship Manager, or CBA customer service on 13 22 21. If you’re still unsure you can email the Commonwealth Bank at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CBA Security centre.
For some simple steps you can take to protect your personal and financial information online visit the Australian Governments Stay Smart Online website.
CommSec takes your security extremely seriously.
We are working with the Australian Federal Police High-Tech Crime Centre to identify the perpetrators and close down the phone numbers and websites where these attacks are originating from.
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