The National Police Agency (NPA) says that an increasing number of users logging on to Internet banking websites in Japan are being plagued by false pop-up windows requesting account holders' private information.
According to NPA statistics, 230 cases of attempted fraud, also known as "phishing," were reported on web pages belonging to banks such as Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumishin SBI and Rakuten Bank, TBS reported. Of those cases, two were successful in extracting private information, such as PIN numbers, which was then used to steal money.
Police are urging the public to remember that information like passwords and PIN numbers are strictly confidential and should therefore never be divulged.
Bank security guidelines suggest that Internet banking customers do not click on any link which has come through e-mail from an unexpected source, do not provide any information on a page which might have come up as a pop-up window and do not provide passwords over the phone or in response to unsolicited e-mail requests.© Japan Today