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ING Bank Śląski warns against fraudsters. “You can lose money”

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ING Bank Śląski draws attention to the activities of fraudsters who spread false information about cryptocurrencies through advertisements. The institution urges customers to be careful. “The money transferred will later be transferred to another virtual wallet, from where you will not be able to recover it,” the bank said in a statement.

ING Bank Śląski indicates that investments in cryptocurrencies are still very popular. “On the one hand, this is a way to invest money, and on the other – a topic often used by fraudsters. They spread false information, for example through advertisements. You want to profit from your investments, and as a result of fraudsters’ actions you can lose your money” – added.

The bank warns that fake investment advisors may contact you directly, e.g. by phone or e-mail. “Or it is you who will contact the scammer himself, because you will be interested in an advertisement or an article about high returns on investment,” it was noted.

False advertisements about investments

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It was pointed out that most often cryptocurrency scammers “establish cooperation through false advertisements and investment messages (e.g. in articles on popular social networking sites) that encourage contact. They offer attractive earnings or high investment returns.”

“They stimulate the imagination and use the image of famous celebrities, politicians or athletes and suggest huge profits to minors” – we read on the website.

It is also written to be especially careful when looking for information about investments. “If you have no knowledge of how cryptocurrencies work, investing in them may be too risky for you. Avoid investing large sums of money without verifying who you share it with” – it was noted.

How does the scam work?

It was explained that fake investment advisory companies may ask for confidential data, such as login and password for online banking or payment card details.

“To obtain sensitive data, they may also ask you to install additional software on your computer, such as TeamViewer or AnyDesk. If you install them, fraudsters will be able to remotely observe everything that is happening on your monitor and affect the operation of your computer (the so-called remote desktop), including the use of your online banking. Fraudsters may also ask you for codes from authorization text messages or to enter them yourself. All this to, for example, confirm a loan application at the bank,” the bank warned.

It was emphasized that high investment returns also require high amounts of input. “In this way, scammers can convince you to make transfers for large amounts that will go to their accounts. They will also persuade you to take a loan or take it for you – they will use the aforementioned remote desktop and request for a code from an authorization SMS” – it was reported.

It added that “a fake investment advisor may also ask you to register on a cryptocurrency exchange and invest money on it.” It was noted that the exchange may be real, but as noted, “the transferred money will later be transferred to another virtual wallet, from where you will not be able to recover it.”

ING Bank Śląski pointed out that one should be vigilant to promises of very quick and high profits on investments, rewards for making transfers on time, requests to send funds abroad under the guise of a high commission, e-mails from easily accessible addresses, such as Hotmail, instead of company domains, untrusted contractors.

Another warning

Also earlier, mBank reported that investments in cryptocurrencies, as well as on the forex market, are in principle legal, but fraudsters using fake websites impersonate intermediaries and offer investment facilities. “Criminals persuade potential victims to invest money, promising high and quick profits without risk. They offer assistance with investing, so we recommend extreme caution before deciding to allocate money for such a purpose” – reads the message.

Read also: They were tempted by investments in cocoa, gold or oil. They lost hundreds of thousands of zlotys

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