Some criminals will go to amazing lengths to steal your money, but the more aware you are, the less likely it will be that you will fall prey to Internet or email phishing scams.
Fraudsters often send out emails claiming to be from Barclays (or other reputable organizations) – commonly known as ‘phishing’ – many of which look very authentic as they make use of the Barclays logo and corporate colors to convince you that the email is legitimate. Often, the content of the email makes reference to your account being suspended, and the only ways you can stop this suspension is to click on the link supplied and update your personal details. Although this link does not link to the real Barclays website, these websites are usually designed to look exactly like our site, and it becomes difficult to differentiate between this site and the real site. You should therefore identify that the site you are logged on is the genuine Barclay’s website.
Delayed phishing attacks: In some cases, fraudsters may obtain your access credentials long before any attempt is made to defraud your account. It is very important to change your banking login information such as your PIN and password regularly to prevent delayed phishing attacks.
Steps to avoid being a victim of phishing attacks: Although we have a number of security measures in place to protect you, your awareness is the key to avoid being a victim of phishing attacks, so bear the following in mind when you receive an email claiming to be from Barclays:
- Never reply to these emails, and don’t click on any links.
- Never provide your personal details such as your PIN or account details via email or on any links within these emails. We already have information like your ID number, cell number and email address and will never ask for them via email.
- Never navigate to our site using a link from an email – always type in the address (www.barclays.co.tz).
- Delete spam emails immediately. Even a request to remove your email address from the mailing list will confirm to the fraudsters that your email account is active, and could open you up to more attacks.
- Never open an email attachment unless you know who sent the message.
- Use the latest browsers which come with filters that alert you when you visit a website that contains potentially unsafe website.
- Barclays will never send you a letter or email requesting you to complete your personal details by clicking on a link in an email.