FNB Security Centre provides you with the comprehensive information you need to protect yourself against fraudsters and simplifies the process to report a fraud incident.
Any email is at risk of being intercepted, and you should never send sensitive information (passwords, etc.) via email. Use our tips to stay safe.
Do not provide your email address to third-party websites, without understanding how your email address will be used
Never send sensitive information via email
Avoid opening unidentified email messages with attachments
If you think that no one would be interested in your personal information, think again. In the wrong hands, it can provide unauthorised access to your accounts and credit card.
Identity theft happens when a criminal obtains your personal information to steal money from your accounts, open new credit accounts, apply for loans, rent apartments and commit other crimes - all using your identity. These acts can damage your credit rating, leave you with unwanted bills and cause countless hours of frustration to clear your name.
How do they do it
Fraudsters phish, they spoof, they log keys, engineer socially and organise 419 scams.
Spyware is a type of computer program that is installed on your PC without your knowledge or consent. This is done either by tricking you into installing the spyware or by someone who has access to your computer.
Spyware is designed to steal personal information such as your banking login details (your username and password). The spyware then sends this information onto the criminal. Spyware can steal more than your banking information and can be used to steal your email, instant messaging and monitor websites that you visit.
Spyware is designed to evade detection. This means that your anti-virus will not necessarily detect it. In addition some products only detect underground spyware and not commercial spyware.