Have you recently received a suspicious SMS related to the BBVA bank? If you are one of them, pay attention. More and more cybercriminals are resorting to techniques such as phishing or the smishing to get hold of our personal and banking data. Hackers who hide under the guise of a relevant company or a public entity with the aim of attacking you without raising any suspicions.
On this occasion, those responsible for this attack are posing as BBVA. However, as they continually explain from the National Cybersecurity Institute (Incibe), they could also do so under the guise of other banking entities with the aim of deceiving more and more people. Therefore, and if you have received a message like the one you are going to read below, it would be better not to follow its instructions under any circumstances.
This is how scammers work: they impersonate your bank to take control of your account
The scam begins through an SMS that appears to be from BBVA. In fact, and if we look at the sender of the same, we will verify that it has indeed been sent to us by a contact known as BBVA. However, it is only a trap by cybercriminals to make you believe that it is the bank. If we continue reading the message, we will discover that fraudsters use a very common structure in this type of attack to get hold of your data: “AN UNAUTHORIZED DEVICE has connected to your online account.”
Next, and as usual, cybercriminals will ask you to verify your account as soon as possible to avoid possible theft: “If you do not recognize this access, verify immediately.” All this through a link that should raise all kinds of suspicions because it does not redirect us to the official BBVA website. Although it is quite similar to this one, the truth is that it is a strategy to rob you without raising suspicions.
Tips not to fall into the trap
In case you offer both your personal and bank details to recover your account, what you have really done is give them to the hackers. For the same reason, and if you have received a message of these characteristics recently, no case. And how can we protect ourselves against this type of fraud? BBVA recommends that we do not provide personal or banking information on those web pages that we have accessed from a link included in an SMS. On the other hand, the company asks us to carefully review the links contained in the SMS in question and to observe if it includes strange words or characters.
On the other hand, BBVA reminds its clients that single-use codes are secret and that they will never ask for them by email, call or SMS: “These codes are only requested in the bank’s official applications and in specific processes that require it “. For the same reason, and to avoid being the victim of any type of attack, distrust all those alarming messages or those that have an urgent tone.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.