New pharming method has been discovered disguising as a ‘electronic financial transaction fraud prevention service.’
Such fraud automatically leads customers to fake Naver and Daum website and lures to click fake banner ads or pop-up window which demands customers to subscribe to the electronic financial transaction fraud prevention service. Once one clicks the banner ad or pop-up window, it leads the user to type in his or her name, resident registration number, bank account number, cell phone number, and other personal information.
Subscribing to the electronic financial transaction fraud prevention service is only available through financial institutions’ website (NOT via portals or websites of public institutions such as the Financial Supervisory Service and Korea Financial Telecommunications & Clearings Insitute). Moreover, subscribing to the service DOES NOT require subscriber’s personal information including name, resident registration number, user ID, bank account number, and bank account password.
It is highly recommended for electronic financial service users to run malicious code detection and vaccine programs everyday as well as change passwords occasionally to prevent damages. In case of damage, immediately report to the police (dial 112) or ask for payment suspension to the respective financial institution.