Cyprus Mail

Police issue phishing alert

Police warned on Thursday that a number of people had reported theft from their accounts through the internet.

A bulletin said that when users visited their bank’s site to carry out electronic transfers, they were referred to a fake site identical to the particular bank, which was not identified. They said they were then directed to enter their user names and passwords. Money was subsequently removed from their accounts without their consent.

Police urged the public to be particularly careful when navigating sites to make sure they are authentic and if they see something odd, to inform their bank branch. They also said antivirus software should be up to date, people should not open emails if they do not know the sender and especially if they contain links.

Any suspicions should be reported to the bank and to the police Cybercrime at 22808284 or any CID office. “Police are already in contact with Europol and are working with the banks to deal with these cases,” the bulletin said.


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