HSBC Phishing SMS

Warning – don’t be fooled by any text messages you receive from HSBC saying your account has been locked.

I received an SMS from 07925 624942 stating

Your HSBC account has been locked for security reasons.
To re activate, please visit: https://hsbc.co.uk.customer-id2997476.com/?h=2
HSBC

You can easily tell it’s a phishing scam because the actual domain is customer-id2997476.com not HSBC.

Out of interest I wanted to see what kind of information they were trying to steal.

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Missed call scam from +225 Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast

Around 8pm on Friday I received a missed call from an international number that identified as +225…Côte d’Ivoire. I ignored this and a few minutes later it rang again. I kept ignoring it then another number from Côte d’Ivoire have me 8No missed calls back to back. I tried to ignore one of these calls via my watch and it accidentally called it back for 12 seconds. Then the calls continued to come in, only every ringing one or twice before hanging up. Never enough time to try and answer the call. Continue reading “Missed call scam from +225 Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast”

Fraud Alert: Argos Credit Card Refund SMS text message

Quick post to publish details of a fairly convincing fraudulent SMS text message received stating “Your Argos credit card has a refund of £270 from an overpayment”. This is followed by a link that when previewed almost looks legitimate and takes you to a spoofed Argos Login page to try and scam your username and password. What’s most convincing about this scam is that the SMS appears to come from “Argos” no number used and appears below a list of older genuine SMS from Argos for previous purchases. This in itself might be sufficient to convince most people to click the link and enter their details in the hope of a refund.

Things to look out for to know it’s a scam

  • Do you have an Argos Credit Card? In fact does one even exists? If not then straight away you know it’s a scam.
  • Are you expecting a refund from Argos? If not then you know it’s a scam. Don’t hold out hope that Argos is refunding you and you’ve got free money.
  • Look at the URL carefully. It doesn’t end Argos.co.uk it has a hyphen and then has -existing-customers etc on the end.

Don’t even click the link, you’d be surprised how much information they can gather from your browser just from cookies on their scam site.