Loan agencies are being target by malicious individuals posing as representatives from financial institutions to extort money from unsuspecting clients.
Below you can find out everything you need to know about how to identify a phishing scam, and how to protect yourself in the future.
What are Phishing scams?
Phishing is a scam designed to gain access to banks accounts. You are asked to disclose your credit card account information, passwords and PINS, etc. Other forms of phishing might have you speaking to scammers posing as official members of your financial service providers. The scammers may ask you to change your PIN or password, claiming that your account has been compromised. Do not trust anyone contacting you on these terms.
Phishing schemes can be stumbled upon via pop-up adverts online, spam e-mail, spam commenting on supposedly “trusted” websites, and even through SMSs and via telephone calls.
How can I avoid being targeted by phishing?
Avoid, at all costs, engaging with contact of this nature. Do not give out your PINs, or passwords to anyone under any circumstances.
How can I be sure I'm dealing with the real EC Finance?
We will never contact you via a Gmail, Yahoo, Webmail, or any other e-mail addresses that are not an official ecfinance.co.za e-mail address. We only accept loan applications through our official website: www.ecfinance.co.za and we will never force you to apply for a loan or give out your personal details.
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