HSBC Text Message Scam: How It Works
Watch out for a new HSBC scam text message going around. Whether it’s about authorised payments, new payee addition, or an unrecognized device, an avalanche of HSBC scams texts has hit the United Kingdom. Let’s take a look at them and show you how these phishing scams work, how to avoid them, and how to report them.
There are four types of fake HSBC text messages that UK citizens have been receiving this week. Feel free to contribute with your experience at the end of the article, in the comments section. List the phone numbers, too. Let’s dive in.
1.HSBC New Payee
The bogus HSBC could look in a couple of ways. The content of the message varies, but essentially it looks like this: “HSBC Security: Payment detected to a new payee. Wan NOT you? Act immediately via https://hs-alertspayee.co/hsbc”.
In a different variation, the text looks like this: “HSBC: A new payee addition was attempted from a new device. If this was not you, please visit: https://secverifpay.com/hsbc/”.
The phone numbers that scammers use for sending these fraudulent messages are 07961 413172 and 07508 512464.
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2. HSBC Authorised Payment
The content of the message looks like this: “HSBC: You have authorised a payment of £240.00 to Mrs. K Adams. If this wasn’t you, please cancel via hspayee-secured.com”.
The phone number that was listed on this notification is 07956 594768.
Like the previous examples, this goes along the same lines, with a different twist: “HSBC: A new payee request was created from an unrecognised device. You can authorize or cancel requests via https://security.hsbc.unverified-payees.com/hsbc”.
Here is the phone number perpetrating these text message scams: 07961 413172.
4. HSBC Account Temporarily Restricted
This text message states, “Deal HSBC customer. Your account has been temporarily restricted. To keep your account secure, please follow https://newdevice.myalert3.com/?h=2.”
The phone numbers used are 7568 232364 and 07708317268.
As you can notice, all these fraudulent messages look similar and are probably send from the same scammer. If you will, it’s an A-B testing to see which one makes more victims.
Once people click on those links, they redirect to a page that looks like the official HSBC website. It is not, so do not proceed with anything. The fake page requests that you input your login credentials, including the account number and password. From there, as you can imagine, criminals empty your savings. It is one of the typical phone scams that have been going around in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
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HSBC Text Scam: How To Report
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