Lloyds Bank customers and non-customers alike have been targeted within the last day by a text message which informs them a ‘paired device’ has been added to their account, or a ‘new payee’ entered. Several individuals have reported close brushes with this scam, which could have the potential to financially devastate those who fall victim. As such, individuals are being warned they must stay alert to such correspondence currently circulating widely.
This could go on to be used for the purposes of identity fraud, and could clear out a person’s bank account.
In some cases, banks are receptive to helping a person recoup the cost of falling prey, but in other circumstances, there may be nothing which can be done.
Lloyds Bank has now confirmed the text, and those like it, are a scam which Britons should do their best to avoid.
Taking to their social media account, the bank wrote: “This is indeed a scam message and hasn’t been sent by us.
“Please don’t click on the link and delete the message.
Individuals should also look out for spelling or grammar errors contained within messages, as this is usually a sign of fraudulent correspondence.
Several people drew the issue to Lloyds’ attention and took the time to warn others about the correspondence.
One wrote: “Thought I’d make you guys aware of a scam text I received this evening. I know it’s a scam because – big clue – I don’t bank with Lloyds.
“Make sure your parents and grandparents know so they aren’t fooled.”
Another commented on the difference between a genuine message and a scam text.
They stated: “It is very difficult to see any difference. I visited my bank and they confirmed it is a very clever scam. Never open them.”
And a final individual said: “I received the Royal Mail scam text this week. Fortunately I ignored it.
“This was followed by scam bank texts from Lloyds and HSBC claiming payments had been attempted by a new device. They are easy to believe and it makes me very angry.”