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Take five to stop fraud

Take Five To Stop Fraud is a national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the UK Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud.


Stop and think

Requests to move money: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by


Clicking on links/files: Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text


Personal information: Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.


Are you too smart to be scammed?

Take this test to find out  (Opens in a new window)

Telephone Scams - also known as Vishing

Fraudsters often contact you pretending to be from the Bank, the Police or companies you trust to convince you to pay money outside your account.



A common strategy fraudsters may use is to pose to be a known company that you may use and advise that you have overpaid a payment in the past and that you are owed a refund. The fraudsters would then try to get you to use your card reader to be able to process the refund.


Follow these simple tips to help protect yourself from scams.


    Never give out your Mobile banking App Activation codes and Passcode


    Never give your full Anytime Banking PIN, Anytime Banking Password or Card Reader codes to anyone, even a caller claiming to be from your bank or the police


    If you get a call asking you for this information, end the call immediately


    If you receive a suspicious or unexpected call, always verify the caller using an independently checked phone number such as a contact number from our website


    If you receive a request to download software to connect to your computer, and you have not initiated the conversation with the company, decline to do so


    More about vishing

Become a Friend Against Scams

Ulster Bank are proactive in providing you with the knowledge and skills to protect yourself from fraud and scams, and that is why we are proud to be the first and only bank to support Friends Against Scams, a new partnership initiative with the National Trading Standards Scams Team.


Friends Against Scams aims to raise awareness of fraud and scams, encourage people to take part in short online training session's and make a commitment to spread the fraud protection message to family and friends. Anybody can join Friends Against Scams by helping to spread the scams awareness message and make a difference in their own way


For more information and to take the online training, visit the Friends Against Scams website (opens in new window)

Text Message Scams - also known as Smishing

Fraudsters send spoof text messages and emails to try and get your personal information. These messages may well have been doctored so that they appear to come from a genuine Bank number or email ID. They usually contain links which lead to websites asking you to enter your Anytime Banking login information or other personal information.


We recommend you follow these simple steps to help stay secure:


    Never give your full Anytime Banking PIN, full password or card reader codes to anyone


    Never respond to suspicious emails or text messages


    Never click on links or attachments in suspicious emails or text messages


    If you’re in doubt about the authenticity of a message from us, please contact us immediately


Stay safe while shopping online

Stay safe while you shop online by following these simple steps


    Only shop on secure and trusted websites


    Keep your contact details including your mobile number updated with the bank


    Download our free security software IBM Rapport that protects your card details online


    For more information please visit our card security page

Add your signposting title here… Help with your card reader

Once you activate your card reader you'll be able to access the full features of Anytime Banking and telephone banking.

  Make a payment for the first time

  Set up or change a single or regular payment instruction

  Create or amend a standing order

  Update and change your details

  Set up travel markers

  Make international payments

More information & help on your card reader
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