How to Protect Yourself from Online Fraud and Identity Theft

Be aware of fraudulent emails which claim to be from the Belize Bank but which are instead sent by criminals in order to get you to disclose your personal information in order to steal your identity or gain access to your email and bank accounts. This criminal online activity is called Phishing. What are the telltale signs of a fraudulent (Phishing) email? You receive emails with the following characteristics:

  • Spelling and/or grammatical mistakes
  • Generic greetings such as ‘Dear User’, instead of using your real name.
  • Warns you that your account needs to be reactivated or has been suspended
  • Arrives unsolicited when you don’t expect one.
  • Urges you to click on a link in the email or open the attachment. Although the text of the link indicates that it will open a webpage for the Bank, hovering your mouse pointer over the link reveals a different webpage which is fraudulent.

 Learn more about phishing and how you can help to protect your information. Click here.