German banks issue warning to online customers

24th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2004 , BERLIN - Customers of online banking should be careful to ensure that each web page they use actually belongs to the bank to which they are affiliated, Germany's banking association has warned.

24 August 2004

BERLIN - Customers of online banking should be careful to ensure that each web page they use actually belongs to the bank to which they are affiliated, Germany's banking association has warned.

Increasingly these days criminals use a technique known as "phishing" to lure unsuspecting customers to fake banking web pages in an effort to extract personal account or balance information, says the association.

These attempts typically come in the form of EMail messages made to look like they come from an official banking institution.

The messages almost always request that customers provide account information, and they provide a link within the EMail message for that purpose.

One indication that online banking customers are on a legitimate banking site will be an internet address that begins with "https," rather than "http." You should be able to see the actual internet address of the web page you're viewing by looking at the address bar of your internet web browser.

The extra "s" in the "http" address stands for "secure," and it usually provides visitors with the assurance that information sent over the site is protected.

Caution, on the other hand, should be exercised when a normal, unsecured "http" address appears in the address bar, or when the web address of the page visited differs even slightly from that of the official bank.

In such cases, it's possible that giving out your personal information, including PIN number, can result in unauthorised access to your account.

DPA

Subject: German news

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