Bay of Plenty residents are being warned about another email scam circulating the internet.
The New Zealand Bankers’ Association is urging people to be on guard against an email scam which asks people to verify their account.
The association says the email appears to come from a New Zealand Bankers’ Association email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A released issued by the association says the scam emails include a subject line of “We are necessitating a verification process on all account(s)”.
People who receive such an email or anything similar are being advised to delete it immediately and not to click on any links within the email or disclose any personal information.
“This scam was relatively easy to spot because the Bankers’ Association is not a bank, and would never ask people about their bank accounts,” says New Zealand Bankers’ chief executive Kirk Hope.
“People are reminded to safeguard information relating to their bank accounts, and never to disclose their PIN numbers or account passwords to anyone. I would like to emphasise that the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, and its member banks, will never ask a customer to disclose their PIN number or account password.”
Kirk says this kind of scam is known as “phishing”.
Phishing scams try to get your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.