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Watch out for coronavirus scams

Criminals are exploiting the spread of coronavirus to attempt various types of fraud and cyber attacks. These are the most common:

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Fraudsters pose as a creditor or supplier and advise you their company’s bank details have changed (due to a coronavirus outbreak).

The communication will ask you to make all future payments to a new sort code and account number.

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Fraudsters are sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

These emails purport to be from medical or government research organisations who contact potential victims by email.

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Watch out for emails, social media posts, texts or phone calls offering you a deal for products relating to coronavirus. It could be anything from facemasks and vaccines to access to testing kits. Any deals that look too good to be true usually are.  

These approaches are very likely to be criminals trying to get their hands on your money or personal details. Make sure you don’t give them what they want.

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Icon expand Phone fraud ‘Vishing’

Vishing is fraudulent contact made by phone. 

Be alert to bogus calls linked to coronavirus as these could be from fraudsters who claim that they’re from the bank, the police, an IT company or an official health organisation or company that you trust.

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Icon expand Bogus Boss 'Email spoofing’

Bogus emails are sent to staff claiming to be from a senior member of staff within the organisation such as a Director, CEO or Chairman etc. requesting an urgent payment. 

They will often say that the payment is needed due to exceptional circumstances such as urgent cleaning or medical supplies are required to counter coronavirus.

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Think Twice

Add your signposting title here… To beat fraud always think twice

Learn how to protect your business, suppliers and customers from loss.

Always think twice and make double checking second nature.

Remember these tips to help keep your business safe

Never rely on just an email to validate a payment. Contact the sender on a trusted number.

The bank will never telephone asking you to transfer money to a new account.

If you receive a request from a supplier to update bank account details, always call back to check it's genuine.

Scams to watch out for

Invoice redirection

 

Have you received an unexpected request to change bank details from a supplier?

Spot invoice redirection

Phishing emails

 

Have you received an unexpected email asking you to take action? 

Look out for fake emails

Bogus Boss

 

Have you received an urgent request to transfer funds from a colleague that doesn't seem right?

Avoid the scam

Cyber threats

 

Fraudsters are known to use malicious software to compromise your devices.

Is your business safe?

Telephone fraud

 

Fraudsters are known to impersonate the bank and other trusted organisations to trick you.

What to look out for

Insider fraud

 

Are you being defrauded from within your organisation?

Recognise the signs

Need to report a fraud?

To get the help you need as soon as possible, it's important that you contact us on the right number.

Here's what to do:
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Is this the right number for me? Commercial companies will typically have:

·         Over ten employees

·         A relationship manager

·         Turnover of over £2m per year

·         A Bankline profile

Call: 0800 161 5157

Relay UK: 18001 0800 161 5157

If you're outside the UK, call: +44 0126 850 2401

Our lines are open 24 hours a day.

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Call: 0800 161 5164

Relay UK: 18001 0800 161 5164

If you're outside the UK, call: +44 345 300 4351

Lines are open 24 hours a day

 

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Is this the right number for me? Business banking customers will typically have:

·         Less than 10 employees

·         Turnover under £2m per year

·         Anytime Banking

Call us on: 0345 300 3986

Relay UK: 18001 0345 300 3986

If you're outside the UK, call: +44 125 230 8047

Our lines are open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 9am-5pm.

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Visit the Personal security hub to report fraud on your bank account and the latest advice for customers.

Tell us about suspicious emails, phone calls or texts

Fake Ulster Bank emails

 

If you've received a suspicious email which claims to be from us, please forward to phishing@ulsterbank.com

Bogus bank calls

 

Have you received a suspicious call? Are you worried you’ve given away personal information? Call us now on 03457 424 365 (+44 289 053 8033 if you are overseas). Our lines are open 24 hours a day.

 

Suspicious texts

 

Have you received a suspicious text claiming to be from Ulster Bank? Send it on to 88355. Standard network rates apply.

Bankline security

Customise your security

 

Dual controls to protect your payments 

Customise payment limits 

Set what each user can do

Discover Bankline

Bankline is available to Ulster Bank business current account customers. Fees apply.

Make the most out of these Bankline features
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Icon expand Set dual controls

Dual controls let you decide where a second approver is needed to make a payment or system change. 

When switched on, another user will have to authorise the action, making it much harder for criminals to get at your money. These settings help protect against fraud, vishing and malware attacks. We strongly recommend you use them.

There are three kinds of dual controls. Find out what they control and how to use them here:  

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Payment limits give you extra control of your outgoings and help protect your profile from fraud and misuse. As they’re customisable, you can set them at the right level for your business and change them over time. We strongly recommend you do so.

You can set:

  • A gross daily payment limit
  • A maximum payment amount
  • Individual user limits
  • Thresholds where dual authorisation and smartcard approval is required. 

Bankline administrators can set and change these limits. For help and more information, visit:

How do I set or change payment limits for my organisation?

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Set what different users can see and do by assigning them customised roles. This means users only have access to do what they need to. It puts you in control and limits what a criminal could do, even if they got access.

  1. Create a role using sets of ‘privileges’ or adapt from our pre-set ‘Master’ roles
  2. Link the role to specific accounts
  3. Assign the role to the users who need it

Administrators can create, assign and change roles. For more information visit: 

How to create a new customer role

How to create a new user and apply roles to them

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Icon expand Get Thor Foresight Enterprise

We can offer Bankline customers one free license of the security software, Thor Foresight Enterprise by Heimdal. Thor provides extra protection from financial malware, ransomware and other cyberattacks, and will work with your existing antivirus software.

One license covers up to 10 devices. If you choose to install on more than 10, fees will apply.  

You can find out more and download Thor here:

Get Thor Foresight Enterprise

Add your signposting title here… Working with the NCSC to help SMEs

We’re collaborating with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to bring you the latest cyber security advice and support.

The NCSC guide for small and medium sized businesses is an excellent place to start. It provides simple steps you can take to improve your security. 

Visit the NCSC business guide

You can also test your business’s readiness and practice your response with the NCSC’s online tool.

Protect your business Further help and information

Our fraud prevention philosophy

Our fundamental purpose is to keep our customers’ money safe and secure. We're committed to combating fraud and scams.

Our approach to fraud prevention

Authorised Push Payment Scam Code

Learn more about the Authorised Push Payment (APP) Scam Code and what it means to your business.

See how the APP Scam Code can protect your business

 

Take Five - To stop fraud

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward advice and resources to fight financial fraud.

Visit the Take Five website

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