HSBC scam alert: Convincing fraud message circulating – how to check if you are a victim

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Scammers attempt to take advantage of innocent members of the public in a variety of ways, from online to on the doorstep. Recently though, it seems fraudsters have launched a new tactic, by sending out text messages while posing as HSBC.

Worryingly, many members of the public have reported receiving text messages, which fraudulently claim to be from the well-known high-street bank.

A number have posted screenshots of the suspicious message on Twitter, to alert both the bank and others who could potentially fall victim.

One of the messages being reported reads: “HSBC: A New Payee request was created from an unrecognised device. Authorise or Cancel this request via:”

Another read: “HSBC: A new device attempted to set up a new payee W MORGAN on 20/11/20. If this was NOT you, please visit: secure”

HSBC UK has a dedicated scam warning page on its website.

Back in July this year, following reports of HSBC customers receiving bogus text messages, HSBC gave potential scam victims some direction on what to do.

“If you’ve fallen victim to this scam, contact us using the the number on the back of your card,” the bank told customers.

The “Received a text?” Guidance on the bank’s website may help a person in considering whether the message they’ve received could potentially be from a scammer.

A number of people have taken to Twitter to share a warning about the messages.

One person posted a screenshot of the message they received.

They added: “Hi @HSBC_UK I don’t bank with you and just received this text. A scam?”

Another Twitter user wrote beside a photo of a message: “Scammers be scamming. Never click on links sent to you.

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