Data phishing and money theft. With the UOKiK social campaign

The president of the office, Tomasz Krostny, warns consumers against data phishing and attempts to steal money. The nationwide social campaign “Lose data, lose money” has been launched.

Have you ever come across a suspicious email? to a mail or text message situation that even prompts us to click on a link posted there. Underpaid for shipping, failed to access your bank? You hear a lot about phishing attempts by ordinary people, but people still fall for it. And the consequences are different, from damaged nerves to lost money. It’s impossible to fully protect against these types of attacks, so it’s worth letting people know how dangerous they can be. UOKiK has just launched a social campaign to raise awareness and safety online and offline.

The scale of fraud is overwhelming. This has very harmful and far-reaching consequences for the entire society. Therefore, I strongly encourage media, institutions, social and non-governmental organizations to join our campaign. Together, we can fight fraud more effectively and keep consumers safe

– says UOKiK president Tomasz Krostny.

The effectiveness of criminal activity is so high that criminals willingly use manipulative methods and take advantage of the emotional weaknesses of potential victims in their difficult or ordinary life situations. The newly launched campaign warns of the risk of losing data and financial resources and urges consumers to be more careful.

“You’ll lose data, you’ll lose money.” UOKiK’s nationwide campaign has been launched

UOKiK also reminds you of some simple steps that will help reduce the risk of data loss, and therefore often money, nerves and health. So what should you look out for?

  • Never give or send your online banking or mobile app login and password to anyone. A real bank employee won’t ask you that
  • Never click on links sent via SMS. Confirm the possible existence of arrears yourself by contacting, for example, the gas supplier or courier company
  • In case of a call from a person posing as a bank employee, hang up the phone, find the hotline number yourself and confirm whether someone called you.
  • Never install software from links sent or during a phone conversation about your account or funds on it

And what to do when we become a victim of scammers? Action should be fast and firm. First, we need to inform the payment service provider, block the card and change the access data, and in the most extreme cases, block the payment account. A strong response can effectively prevent fraudsters from stealing funds. However, it may be too late and some funds have already been withdrawn or transferred elsewhere. It remains to contact the Police and take further actions according to their instructions.

UOKiK produced two 30-second spots to be broadcast on TV, radio and the Internet. Since December 5 of this year, they are broadcast free of charge by public media in accordance with art. 31 c of the Law on Competition and Consumer Protection, as well as by commercial broadcasters who agreed to support the campaign without receiving remuneration.

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