Piraeus Bank - Phishing: What You Need to Know


Piraeus Bank published a warning on its blog in order to protect its customers (and not only). Below we quote the post and we hope others will follow. The Greek public needs basic education in the use of the internet and in the security of transactions.

Piraeus Bank he says:

With fraud cases on the rise, security awareness is essential.

One of the topics presented in the last period is Phishing. His practice Phishing (electronic data fishing) uses emails or sms as a means of spying on a person's personal data. These messages contain misleading content and their senders impersonate the identity of a legal entity / company / Bank. They aim to extract confidential personal and financial data such as e-banking username, passwords, debit / credit card details and so on. This data can then be used to carry out unauthorized financial transactions resulting in financial loss. The majority of Phishing invokes either a problem with your account, or requires your confirmation to execute a transaction (which has not received a formal order from you), or a service upgrade, or confirmation of personal data.

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Regarding the way your data is stolen, it is a common practice to spy on them via email or sms that are sent and ask you to visit the website of the Organization, choosing a link included in the text (as shown in the image above). In case you choose to visit the link you will notice that this page simulates or even copies completely familiar electronic environments, such as the electronic banking of Piraeus Bank.

However, in no case is the "fake" environment an official page of the Organization you know. For your safety, it is recommended that you do not select the link and state your personal details and codes, as the experts will immediately proceed with transactions, causing you financial loss.

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In case you receive a suspicious email / sms, it is recommended that you do not enter the link that prompts you. Then for your safety you should contact the Organization directly (in this case Piraeus Bank). In case the sender is Piraeus Bank, it is recommended that you call the 24-hour telephone service stating the incident. After the statement of the incident and following the instructions of an authorized representative, you should delete the email or sms that you have received, without forwarding it to anyone other than the competent Service of Piraeus Bank, if requested.

At this point, let us remind you that Piraeus Bank will never ask you in any way for the passwords to electronic banking services (winbank), or data and card codes, but will not proceed with a process of updating-verifying personal data, which excludes any possibility that the email or sms you received comes from Piraeus Bank.


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