There is a new scam attempt underway that aims to empty the current accounts of Poste Italiane customers. Here’s what it is and the simple steps you can take to get safe.
The Italian post they are one of the most deeply rooted financial institutions in the area. Established around 160 years ago, they have around 121,000 employees and nearly 600 billion in financial assets. The network of approx 12,800 post offices ensures that the Italian Post Office is deeply rooted throughout the Italian territory.
The Italian Post Office today boast 35 million of customers, or more than half of Italians. Perhaps also for this reason the company is very frequently the victim of attacks by phishing studied in detail. In 2014, in just three months, Courier Communications counted over 45,000 attacks against Poste Italiane customers.
Poste Italiane, what is smishing: beware of the scam
Attacks on financial institution clients usually escalate in conjunction with holidays or the periods in which Italians go on vacation. For this reason, in the vicinity of Mid-August you need to become even more vigilant about the communications and phone calls you receive on your devices.
According to what he reports tecnoandroid.itit seems that a new phishing attack has started via SMSwhich is then called smishing. Customers receive an SMS inviting them to click on a link. The web page that people who fall into the scam would open has the same graphics as Poste Italiane, but it is a fake.
How to protect yourself from phishing and smishing attacks
Must do a lot of attention to the links on which you click, also because this could lead to unintentionally downloading a virus on the device you are using. In the most serious cases, after clicking on the link, a software could be downloaded and started block your cell phone or computer. Soon after, comes the request for ransom.
To avoid falling into one of the traps of the phishing or of smishingjust follow the simple rules. Must not never click on links that appear in text messages or e-mails. You should also always check the sender of the message. Before doing anything, call customer support immediately to verify the veracity of the message.
This is an example of the scam attempts against Poste Italiane customers that are occurring in these days:
To see the explanation of Poste Italiane on what an attempted scam on the web is, click here.