New bogus ‘NatWest’ text surfacing

Vaughan Moore | Nuneaton Reporter | 8 May 2021

A NEW SCAM text message has started to surface, with fraudsters claiming to be NatWest. The message informs the recipient that “a new payee has been “set up” on a certain date.

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Then, the scam tries to get people to click on an unsafe link, saying: “If you didn’t create this payee, please visit [the website] to cancel.”

If you receive this text message, block the number, and delete the message immediately, and avoid clicking the suspicious link.

You can also tell that this is not a legitimate text message as the real NatWest would never use a phone number beginning with +44, or encourage their customers to visit an unsafe website.

How to tackle the scam

If you spot this message make its way into your inbox, or get sent as a text message, block the number and report it online to make more people aware of the scam who are also searching the same phone number.

Any suspicious text messages that have been sent to you can be forwarded to 7726 – you will not be charged for using the service to report spam, and you will be thanked with an automated message for doing so, to confirm it has gone through.

Phishing and suspicious emails can be reported and forwarded to the Government by simply forwarding them to report@phishing.gov.uk.

In addition to reporting to 7726, Action Fraud can be notified of any phishing attempts through their website on the Police website, linked here.

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