Authorised push payment (APP) fraud is where someone tricks you into sending them money from your account. They often do this by contacting you via phone, email or social media and pretending to be someone else – such as your bank, a contractor, an estate agent or the police.
We want to help you to stay safe from Authorised Push Payment fraud.
APP fraud takes 2 forms; either where a fraudster persuades you that they are legitimate whereas they are actually not, and you authorise a payment to be made to them OR where you make a payment but the goods or services do not materialise (often the would be seller then blocks any further communication with you).
ITS IMPORTANT TO BE VIGILANT TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF THIS TYPE OF FRAUD.
Remember that B-Social, any other bank or the police will never:
- Call to ask you for your PIN or login password
- Ask you to withdraw or transfer money for safekeeping or because your account is at risk
If you use B-Social, we’ll also never:
- Call you without arranging it through in-app chat first
- Ask you to share any sensitive information about yourself or your account, like your PIN
- Ask you to move your money out of B-Social and into a different account
Remember that fraudsters may know basic details about you and can fake phone numbers, names and email addresses. Hang up the phone and get in touch with us immediately through the in-app chat.
Under new rules, if you do fall prey to such frauds, you can seek help from B-Social and the receiving financial provider. You will also be able to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service if you do not receive enough support.