Warning: Scammers are sending scam messages on behalf of LHV


Several clients have informed LHV Pank that they have received dubious messages by scammers posing as LHV. These are phishing messages designed to trick people and gain access to their bank accounts. Upon receiving a suspicious SMS, it is dangerous to click on the links it contains.

According to Tiit Hallas, the Head of Information Security at LHV, scammers have become more active over the past week, posting fraudulent pages similar to the LHV website on the Internet and sending messages to random phone numbers, enticing the recipients to enter their bank account details in the fraudulent pages. If the client provides the scammers with such details or enters the mobile-ID or Smart-ID code in the phone to verify their identity, criminals may gain access to the client’s mobile bank and take advantage of it.

‘We are aware that the number of fraudulent pages has increased and we make every effort to reduce the impact of fraud for our clients. Fortunately, people’s awareness and vigilance about the various phishing schemes have increased and, therefore, the number of fraud victims is rather low. Nevertheless, clients should continue to be watchful in the future and avoid clicking on suspicious links,’ Tiit Hallas said.

If a person receives a letter or message with suspicious content on behalf of the bank, they should avoid opening it and should certainly not click on the links contained in the letter. The best thing to do is to delete all suspicious messages. The bank does not ask the client for any information by SMS. If the client is in doubt about the content of the message, they can contact the bank and ask for further information.

Letters and fraudulent pages created by the scammers may appear authentic, and scammers may use addresses and phone numbers similar to those of the bank. Read more on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud here: lhv.ee/turvalisus.

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