Customers of UK based bank Halifax have been receiving text messages claiming that a new payee has been added to their account.
The message instructs you to follow a link if you did not add a new payee.
The text is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information. Halifax did not send it. The claim that a new payee has been added to your account is just a ruse to trick you into following the link.
The link opens a fraudulent website that has been built to look like a genuine Halifax login page. Once on the site, you will be prompted to enter your account login details. These details will be collected by criminals and used to hijack your Halifax account, steal your money, and commit fraudulent transactions.
Be wary of any text message or email that claims that you must click a link to fix a supposed account or security issue. Phishing scammers continually use such tricks to gain victims. It is always safer to log in to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.
A screenshot of the scam text message:
Transcript of the scam message:
HALIFAX: A new payee has been added to your online account on [date varies]. If this was NOT you please visit: [link removed]
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!