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Easy tips to identify fake bank websites, alerts and email



In its report for Q3 2020, the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) indicated that fraud attempts increased by 186 per cent over 2019.

A 33% increase in fraud attempts was recorded via mobile channels.

The case is the same with web and POS, which recorded an increase of 173 per cent and 215 per cent, respectively. 

There is a good chance that you have been a victim before, or are on the verge of becoming one. Below are a few steps you can take in order to avoid becoming a victim at all.

For Websites

Check the site’s URL

A bank website is expected to be encrypted to safeguard your data.

If a site belongs to a bank, you should see a lock sign beside the site’s URL address. Or start with HTTPS instead of HTTP.

GTB Official Website. Notice the lock sign.


Fake bank websites are more likely to have hyphen inbetween them such as or This is a red flag. Banks are most likely to purchase a domain that best fit their brand name without any manipulation.

For Emails

It is not unusual for a Nigerian bank to contact you. However, it is also not impossible for scammers to exploit this medium.

Below are some red flags to watch out for:

Unsolicited Emails

Only open an email from a bank if you had registered your email with your bank.

If not, STOP; how did they get your email? It is likely from a fraudster.

Also, if the email is sent from a bank you are not registered with, that is a red flag too. 


Don’t be tricked by the email SUBJECT, always check who the email sender is.

Emails from your bank is likely to have the bank’s website as the provider.

Something like [email protected]; [email protected], etc.

Emails from [email protected]; [email protected]; are most likely from a scammer.

Email Content

Any email from your bank will do nothing but to update and inform you.

Any email requesting you respond with certain details is most likely from a scammer.


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