The Twitter user wrote: “HSBC, hey just wanted to warn you about a scam going around under your company name. I know it’s a scam because I don’t bank with you.”
The screenshot she shared appears to come from HSBC and read: “Our system detects that you have not yet activated our new HSBC Secure Key security service, allowing you to easily control your account online”.
At first glance it looks legitimate, but it’s actually a clever trick to con victims into revealing their financial details.
Hundreds of innocent victims have fallen for scams like these over the last 18 months as more people have been banking online.