Email scams claim to be from local banks

| 28/09/2010

(CNS): The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is urging the public to be wary of emails claiming to be from your local bank because it might just be a scam. Police say that almost half a dozen scam emails claiming to be from local banks have been received by people in the Cayman Islands over the past few days. “These e-mails look like the genuine article,” said DCI Claudia Brady of the FCU. “They closely resemble the bank’s own websites and encourage people to click on a link button and supply their personal banking details on-line. Luckily the people targeted so far haven’t fallen victim to the scam and haven’t lost any money from their accounts. But the next person may not be so lucky."

She said, “That’s why we’re issuing this warning today and asking people to be extra vigilant.”

Local banks will never ask customers by e-mail to divulge their personal banking details on-line. Anyone who receives such an e-mail must not respond and should immediately report theactivity to their bank and / or the Financial Crime Unit.

Anyone who requires advice about how to combat internet / e-mail scams should contact the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit on 949-8797.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I received 3 of these in about 5 minutes last night. Obviously I am not stupid enough to respond, especially as the spelling looks like it was written by one of the Caymanian posters on CNS (i.e. terrible).

    What I would like to know is which scum bag sold them my email address as it is not one that I use much and is only given out to official sources like the bank (the real bank) or similar institutions.

    I would not be surprised if an insider at the bank is selling it’s customers information.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If clever hackers can work their way through the internet sytem to access, for example, The Pentagon, why cant we employ a clever hacker to destroy the scammers computer software?

    • anonymous, says:

      I take it that the scammers are trying to get your money before the CI government gets it!     Is your account dormant?