Reports of fraud peak after Black Friday
Last year, Danske Bank registered more than twice as many reports of fraud in the weeks after Black Friday as in the weeks prior to the day. In Denmark, the increase was 172% in the week after Black Friday, while the increase averaged 104% across all countries.
We expect that fraudsters will be particularly busy again this year on Black Friday and in the following weeks, which is why we are specifically warning our customers about fraud on Black Friday in Danske Mobile Banking.
“I would stress that we as consumers should not stop shopping online or making use of the good offers that can pop up on Black Friday. But we would urge our customers to be alert, not only on Black Friday, but also in the following weeks – particularly if they receive text messages or emails encouraging them to click on links or to disclose information. You should always be cautious about such messages,” says Niels Halse.
Advice for customers
Fraudsters use several different methods around Black Friday.
The scam can occur in connection with the online purchase, with consumers buying goods that they never receive, for example. But it can also take the form of forged text messages and emails after the purchase, with the fraudster perhaps writing that the purchase has not gone through, or that a parcel has to be collected or resent. In the latter example, the fraudsters will often attempt to coax bank account details out of the customer and defraud them in that way.