Beware of bank accounts: comes the alarm of the Postal Police

The Postal Police has discovered a new massive phishing campaign that is affecting several banking institutions in Italy, here's how to defend our money

The Postal Police has launched the alarm: in Italy there is a large phishing campaign aimed at the main banking institutions in our country. In practice, cyber criminals pretend to be our bank and contact us via e-mail, inviting us to click on the link attached to correct some our data in their possession. Obviously this is a scam and all the information entered is stolen.

The scheme of the scam is now known and repeats, in large lines, the same way. Despite this, the victims seem to be growing, according to the Postal Police. If one were to click on the link in the message circulating in these days, one would end up on a "covert" portal practically identical to the bank's website, but created by the hacker (or by the group of cybercriminals) who hatched the scam. This is not the first time that hackers have relied on phishing and social engineering techniques to steal users' credit card data and home banking credentials. In fact, it is the most used strategy in recent years by cybercriminals who want to steal bank account credentials online.

How to defend our money from hacker threats

Recognizing these cyber scams is quite easy, the secret is one: pay close attention to the messages that reach us via email. in the end, losing a few extra seconds to check an email message could save our savings that could otherwise end up in the hands of malicious people and cyber criminals. Remember that our bank will never contact us via e-mail to report problems with our home banking account or for updates on our current account.

Secondly, we should never click lightly on the links in the mail messages, often behind what is always a simple link to another site hides a virus or a hacker threat. We should also remember not to leave confidential information such as our password for home banking or our credit card details lying around on websites that cannot be traced back to the bank. Finally, always update the antivirus installed on computers and smartphones, often phishing sites used to scam us have already been identified by companies for computer security and if we have updated the program the antivirus will recognize the malicious site and warn us of the danger.