Current phishing & scams

If you have received a suspicious-looking email, SMS text message or phone call, it may be a scam or a phish.

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    We will never ask you by email or SMS text for your secure banking information. That includes account or credit card details, password, PIN number or Netcode details.

We take the protection of your money seriously and have systems in place so you can bank safely online. Find out more about how to protect yourself from fraud and scams.

Latest phishing and scams

We are aware of the following phishing and scams affecting our customers. The following emails and SMS texts are not from ASB, or in any way authorised by us. Stay vigilant for these or similar versions that might be aimed at you.

Complex phishing scam targeting online buying/selling

Be aware that scammers operate as fake sellers and fake buyers. In this current scam, the scammer poses as a fake buyer to obtain internet banking details getting full access to your bank accounts. 

How it works: 

Using a fake profile, the scammer messages the seller to buy the item, including a link to a screen that requests the seller click on "Receive Money" to obtain payment. Clicking on the "Receive Money" link takes the seller to a screen where they select their bank. 

In the example above, ASB is selected but it could be any banking option. The seller is then taken to a fake ASB site that asks them to enter their bank username and password. This information goes straight to the scammer giving them everything they need to log in to the customer's online banking and begin emptying the funds from the seller's account. 

Scammers will go to extraordinary lengths to make things look legitimate - in this case, even using fake chat to support the scam. 

Tips when buying or selling items online:

  • Be ASB safe, type asb.co.nz into your browser to access your internet banking
  • Be vigilant against attempts to trick you into giving away your personal details, especially your banking username, passwords and netcode (two-factor authentication)
  • Avoid clicking on links, they can take you to fake websites
  • Use trusted methods of payment
  • Don't trust screen shots, scammers have ways of faking payment receipts or confirmation showing you they have paid
  • Check how active a buyer or seller has been on their account. Is it a recently created profile, incomplete, with few or no friends and no reviews?
  • If you are buying items that are local, large, or expensive, go to see the item in a public place
  • If the item needs to be shipped, make sure you get a tracking number
  • Beware of buyers overpaying for the item and requesting a refund for the difference

Investment Scams

Be aware of fake websites created by scammers, offering financial services such as term deposit comparison calculators or investment platforms offering market beating returns.

These images are an example of fake websites that have been designed for the sole purpose of phishing. After collecting your personal information, a scammer may contact you by phone, SMS or email, in an attempt to deceive or pressure you into buying false investments.

Scammers are very convincing and often pose as representatives from banks or other well-known financial institutions. They can imitate websites, document design, repurpose logos, employee names and will mimic processes such as ID verification, even going as far to give you access to view your new “investments” online.

You should always stay wary of other fake websites.

  • For names of businesses or individuals to be wary of, visit the Financial Markets Authority website.
  • Check the financial services providers register online on the New Zealand Companies Register to see whether the company is registered in New Zealand to provide financial services.
  • Due diligence on any suspicious websites can include checking with the Financial Markets Authority website. If you come across a website that is posing as an ASB page and you’re unsure, type www.asb.co.nz directly into your browser and contact us through our details on our website.
  • Treat investment approaches with caution. Something that looks too good to be true most likely is.
  • Get a second opinion or advice from a financial advisor who can help you spot any red flags.

Remember, scammers can be persistent and very convincing. Please be cautious and don’t be rushed into anything.

If you believe you may have fallen victim to a scam, please contact your bank immediately.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you’ve received a suspicious email or SMS text. Don’t click on any links, download or install any attachments. Forward the email or take a screen shot of the SMS text and send to phishing@asb.co.nz. Then delete the suspicious email and text.

We have a dedicated team that investigates reported phishing attempts. Please note: Due to the volume of emails, we cannot respond directly to queries. You can also report it to CERT NZ.

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