CYBERWARZONE – Beware of the ‘Transfer Money to safe account’ scam. The scam is currently doing the rounds in The Netherlands. The Dutch Fraud reporting site ‘FraudeHelpDesk‘ reported that they are receiving numerous complaints of potential victims. E-mails supposedly on behalf of various government organizations are asking potential victims to click on a link so they can provide information.
The Transfer Money To Safe account scam works in the following order. The scammers send out thousands of emails, claiming that something important needs to be done. The receivers of those emails, will be requested to navigate to a website which will request some personal information. This information includes the phone number of the unknowing victim.
Once the victim has provided all of the information, the scammers will call the victim, and claim that the call is a follow-up on the email which the victim has received. During the call, the scammer will try to social engineer the victim into sending money from their bank accounts to “Safe accounts”.
According to the caller, these people need to ‘secure’ their money in connection with a digital threat or fraud.
These “Safe accounts” are the accounts of money mules, and this is where the scammers want the money of the victim to be.
Your bank will never approach you by phone, text or email with a request to transfer money or share your login details or PIN. There are no ‘vault accounts’ or ‘safe accounts’. They will also never ask you to send or hand over your bank card. If the bank thinks that fraudsters actually have access to your bank account, they will block that account themselves and contact you. You do not have to do anything for this yourself.