Scam text targets bank accounts

Messages seek out online banking login details

Halifax customers are being warned of a dangerous scam text message, informing them of a "new pairing" registered to their bank account and requesting their online banking login details.

Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress, comments: "It's important to be vigilant when it comes to texts or emails requesting your information, whether they're purporting to be from Halifax or any other major bank. Cybercriminals are tricking recipients of these text messages into sharing sensitive personal data, including their personal banking details, which can then be used to cause further damage.”

These scams can be incredibly convincing, but it’s vitally important to double check that any request for your sensitive information is legitimate before proceeding, he states. “If you’ve received a text claiming to be from Halifax, even if it doesn’t look suspicious, it’s always best to reach out to them directly before sharing any sensitive personal data.

“There are also lots of online resources to check out for more information, including many run by Government organisations, such as the NCSC. We’d also encourage anyone who has received a text message of this nature to report it to the NCSC’s text reporting number at 7726.”