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Fraudsters are sending phishing emails in an attempt to lure you into sharing your banking details. Beware of fake eStatements or bank notifications that require you to take an action like a click-through or attachment to download:

Spotting a fake Standard Bank email

How to tell the difference between a fake Standard bank email from a real one:

  • We never greet you by your email address. We always use your name.
  • We never ask you to confirm personal or financial information in an email.
  • Always verify emails telling you about suspicious account activity by calling your bank.
  • Scam emails often look odd, with a messy layout and spelling mistakes.
  • We will never ask you to enter your email address and digital banking password to open a statement; eStatements only require you to enter only your ID number.
  • We never link you directly to our Internet Banking log on page, or any other page that asks for your security or personal details via a link or attachment

There are a few things you can do to help stop this type of fraud from happening:

  • Ensure that you use anti-virus software to protect your PC, laptop and mobile devices.
  • Hover over links to check the senders’ identity but do not click.
  • Look for strange links with numbers, hyphens, misspellings or sub-directories.
  • Search for the sender details and verify that they are legitimate.
  • Beware of unexpected emails - Be cautious of opening any emails that you weren’t expecting (even if you think you recognise the sender), and don’t open any links or HTML attachments.

What can you  do?

  • Even if you’re just unsure, you can send any suspicious e-mails to [email protected]
  • If you are worried that you’ve clicked on any of the links or attachments on a phishing email, contact the Fraud line immediately on 0800 020 600
  • Delete these emails from your mailbox as soon as possible

View phishing sample emails

Business email interception and change of banking details

This is a scam that intercepts client communication i.e. with their lawyers or a similar trusted entity (usually in conveyancing and property transactions). The scam exists to fool recipients into making payments into the wrong bank account. 

How it works

  • The scammers intercept e-mail communications from attorneys or similar service providers
  • They then copy the letterhead and format of this company and fabricate the e-mail address so that it looks familiar to clients.
  • The fraudulent e-mail will inform clients of a change of banking details and instruct them to make future (or immediate) payments into this new account.
  • This scam has led to great frustration and strained business relationships 

How to identify it

  • Watch out for uncommon or new elements in your regular business e-mail communications such as missing letterheads, signatures etc.
  • Always compare the e-mail address that you have received the information from with previous communications
  • Confirm banking details telephonically (and be sure to phone the number you know, not the one on the e-mail.) 
  • Legal firms are advised to inform their clients of this scam and assure them that business banking details will not be changing. 
  • Legal firms must also be on the look out for strange or uncommon activity on their e-mail servers including large quantities of mails in their sent items, complaints about spam from their company and high bounce rates on out-going mail.