January 8th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Representatives of Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) are warning customers about a new email that is being sent to users, in an attempt to steal their clients’ personal information.
Carlos Astorga, Bank Security Manager, explained that the email is fraudulent, known as “phishing” email, which has all the markings of an email from the bank. The email attempts to lure customers to a phony web site which looks extremely similar to the BCR web site.
One on the phony web site, the hope is that the customer will attempt to login using their password and PIN number, which the fraudsters can later use to steal funds from the account.
The Manager of Corporate Relations for BCR, Kattia Morales, recommended that users erase the message immediately upon receiving it.
Morales asked customers to call the bank’s service center at 2284-6600 if they suspect they may be the victims of fraud.
Lastly, she recommended customers always type the web page address www.bancobcr.com directly into their browsers and verify that it is typed correctly before proceeding to login to their accounts.