check out 6 essential tips from Febraban

Countless Brazilians become victims of banking scams every day! Check out tips that really work to avoid headaches.

In an increasingly connected world, it is essential to be alert to the hidden traps in online banking operations. In this scenario, banking scams are a disturbing reality, capable of causing significant losses.

With this in mind, Febraban, the Brazilian Federation of Banks, provides valuable guidance to help you protect yourself. Follow these tips, transform your banking security and protect yourself against these invisible threats.

Check out 6 tips to avoid banking scams! Credit: Reproduction

What are the most popular banks in Brazil?

Brazil is home to several renowned financial institutions. Banks such as Banco do Brasil, Caixa Econômica Federal, Itaú, Bradesco, and Santander are just a few examples of these giants in the banking sector.

Understanding how to protect yourself from scams is essential for customers of these and all other financial institutions! Below, we’ll show you how to do this in 2024.

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Banking Scams: What you need to know

Febraban, in its awareness campaign, highlights that it has made constant investments in marketing actions to educate the population.

Among the main guidelines is to immediately notify the bank in suspicious cases, to adopt additional security measures, such as blocking the application and access password.

Furthermore, it is recommended that a police report be filed. This way, the police can better understand the actions of criminals.

In an official press release, Febraban lists the 4 most common banking scams in Brazil. We will talk more about them below.

Fake employee scam

This scam occurs when the fraudster pretends to be an employee of the bank or related company, reporting problems with the victim’s account.

They request personal and financial data and can even trick the victim into calling a fake number. To avoid this, be wary of such contacts, hang up and contact the institution through official channels.

0800 scam

Scammers send messages about suspicious transactions, providing a fake 0800 number to contact. When calling, the scammer may request personal data or induce transactions to "solve" the problem.

Febraban’s recommendation is to never call numbers received via SMS or messages, and always check with the bank through official channels.

Remote Access Scam

Also known as a "ghost hand scam", where the fraudster, pretending to be a bank employee, requests the installation of an application to solve a supposed problem.

It is important to note that banks never request installation of applications via telephone contact or messages.

Fake toast scam

On commemorative dates, fraudsters can use personal information to offer false gifts or gifts.

Therefore, it is recommended to always be wary of offers that seem too good to be true, and only make purchases on sites with a proven reputation.

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Tips to protect yourself from banking scams

Finally, to make everything more practical, we will show below a summary of Febraban’s 6 main tips for Brazilians who want to avoid falling for banking scams in 2024.

Following these guidelines could be the difference between keeping your finances safe or facing unwanted losses. Keep an eye:

Always check the source: Be wary of unexpected contacts claiming to be from financial institutions. Always confirm the legitimacy of these communications through the bank’s official channels. Do not share personal data: Never provide personal data, passwords or card numbers in response to unsolicited calls, emails or messages. Beware of irresistible offers: Be wary of exaggerated advantages or offers that seem too good to be true. Always check the authenticity of these proposals.Use official channels for communication: If in doubt, always seek out your bank’s official service channels for clarification.Only install applications from trusted sources: Avoid installing applications or clicking on links sent by email or suspicious messages. Only download apps from official stores. Stay informed: Follow news and alerts about banking scams to always be aware of new tactics used by fraudsters.

By following these tips, you can lead a safer and more comfortable financial life, without fear of falling prey to scammers! For more information, visit the official Febraban website: www.febraban.org.br.

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