Ten recommendations to prevent fraud attempts in the financial system

The Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU)the Bank of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay (BROU) and the Association of Private Banks of Uruguay (ABPU) recommend a series of aspects to the users of the financial system to consider in order to strengthen security when carrying out operations and avoid various scam mechanisms.

Here are the 10 points published by the BCU on its website.

1) No reply Suspicious contact attempts or by means of communication not agreed with your institution. Banks (as well as the BCU or other public body) never they make phone calls or contact by email, SMS, Whatsapp or social networks to request passwords, pins, account or card numbers.

two) be alert before communications by electronic or other means such as calls that request immediate action, threaten the loss of access, account blocking or any other coercive action. Banks do not make these communications.

3) be alert when you enter bank sites. Do not access through links in emails, write and/or verify that the address in the browser corresponds to your bank, verify that it begins with “https” and is accompanied by a padlock-shaped icon, which allows you to verify the identity of your bank’s site. In addition, the appearance, marks, lakes, and aesthetics in general should be verified.

4) Never hand over passwords, financial or confidential information to calls from people who They present themselves as relatives or people they know that pose situations of alarm or urgency.

5) Always If you receive a suspicious call or contact by any digital means, verify the origin, check that the email address comes from your bank (banks do not use Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) and if in doubt, contact your bank through the channels officers. Nope open links or download attachments if it is not possible to confirm the authenticity or origin of the message (keep your antivirus updated).

6) be alert in the face of unexpected or irregular payment requests and changes in account, bank or company name, country, etc. who is instructed to send funds.

7) Set alerts for purchases made with your cards. Avoid automatically recording your card details on shopping websites.

8) Always use strong passwords. They must contain numbers, letters and special signs. They should not be obvious data such as dates of birth, addresses or names. change your passwords frequently.

9) When download a banking application on your mobile device, do it forever from official stores and take care of access to your device.

10) spread this message, especially inform older adults as they are one of the most vulnerable audiences to scams.

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