NatWest issues scam warning to customers
NATWEST customers have been warned of the circulation of a fake text that has nothing to do with the bank.
The Public Protection Partnership shares Natwest’s warning with residents of Bracknell, Wokingham and West Berkshire.
Those who do business with Natwest are targeted with fake text messages that “a new device has been registered” with your account.
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This is an attempt to send people to a website that is not affiliated with NatWest and may lead to phishing, where your data and details are stolen.
They said: “False texts claiming to be from NatWest stating that ‘a new device has been registered’ with your account are circulating.
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“NatWest customers are being targeted with fake text messages, aiming to send recipients to a website that has nothing to do with the bank.
“The texts say ‘a new device has been registered’ and provide a link to follow. On the face of it, the text is quite compelling – NatWest is named as the sender and there are no obvious errors in the message.”
The texts initially seem legitimate, they are sent under the guise of a NatWest name.
The message itself states: “A new device has been registered. If this was NOT done by you, please visit: (fraudulent hyperlink) to undo this”.
The hyperlink says “canceldevice-verfication.com”, which is not associated with NatWest.
There are no obvious mistakes, so it’s easy to be convinced that it might be a genuine message.
If you receive such a message, do not click on the URL, instead contact your bank through your usual channels.
You must forward any fake SMS to 7726.