Hamilton Accies Football club were stung by an elaborate vishing fraud last week. Cyber fraudsters defrauded the club £1 million forcing them to put plans for a £350,000 indoor sports hall on hold at their ground.
As cyber criminals become more and more bold, do you think you could spot a vishing attack if you were called at home or work by an individual pretending to be from the bank or council?
Take Five is an awareness campaign designed to urge businesses and the public to take time to consider whether a situation they find themselves in is genuine. It is led by FFA UK (Financial Fraud Action UK).
The campaign aims to put businesses and consumers back in control with straightforward advice to help prevent financial fraud and encourage people to take a moment.
Take Five is the first national campaign to be backed by all the major banks and other financial service providers across the UK. A range of advice, videos and educational resources can be downloaded at www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/
Take Five: five key things to remember
The campaign is asking businesses to help protect themselves from financial fraud by remembering some simple advice:
1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password - it’s never okay to reveal these details.
2. Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine - people aren’t always who they say they are.
3. Don’t be rushed – a genuine bank or organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think.
4. Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it.
5. Stay in control – have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information
Cyber Resilience Strategy Team