Safe internetbanking

  • Fraudsters are constantly on the hunt for money mules. Money mules act as intermediaries to move money that has been stolen by fraudsters, often to other countries. Fraudsters are increasingly approaching adolescents for this purpose. They contact them through channels that are popular among young people, such as Instagram, with promises of making quick and easy money. The ones who fall into this trap often do not realise they are committing a criminal offence and are putting their safety, as well as the safety of the people around them, on the line.

  • b.inspired, the Brussels airlines magazine, has dedicated a special section to internet banking fraud in its April issue. 

  • As a result of a joined action coordinated at the European level, about 700 money mules have been identified and 81 people have been arrested after the police interrogated 198 victims. The money mules had put their account at the disposal of other criminals.   

  • The number of internet banking fraud cases remained at a stable level as compared to the 2014 figure. Febelfin wants to draw the attention to the need for constant vigilance as for the different kinds of fraud and also warns against a new fraud technique: bank card  phishing.

  • Today, Wednesday October 7, 2015, Febelfin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cybersecurity together with the Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) in Atlanta in the United States. 

  • It may have happened to you : receiving an e-mail from your bank, which informs you of the urgent security updates it has to make. The only thing you are asked to do, is to click on a link and send some data such as your telephone number and bank card number. Nothing spectacular, but you may have doubts... 

  • Today, 18 August 2014, marks the start of our newest campaign on safe internet banking. Maybe you still remember the previous campaigns featuring Dave (the fortune-teller) and Tom (the ‘innocent’ victim who was cheated by his double)… This time, other people will catch your attention! 

  • The number of internet banking fraud cases during the first half of this year amounted to 838 for a total amount of 2.7 million EUR. Phishing is the most frequently used method. At the beginning of July, Febelfin launched a YouTube video called ‘See how easily freaks can take over your life’ in which it draws the attention to the precautions for safe internet banking. Since then, almost 500,000 visitors have already watched this video.

  • In 2012, there were 1,003 cases of internet banking fraud. On the occasion of tomorrow’s Safer Internet Day, Febelfin once again draws the attention on some useful advice for safe internet banking.

  • The video in which mind reader Dave has his own way of making random passers-by aware of the (lack of ) internet privacy, attracted the highest number of visitors on the Datanews website in 2012.

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