Have you been phished?

The Covid-19 crisis has been exploited by Fraudsters, skyrocketing the number of attacks perpetrated, and our Fraud reduction Intelligence Platform detected an unusually high level of scammers using phishing emails to profit from the coronavirus outbreak.

Phishing campaigns usually begin with a fake email containing a link to an “apparently legitimate” site for the purpose of tricking banking customers and impersonating them, but other phishing techniques are also being used, such as phone calls (Vishing), SMS (Smishing) and social media platforms.


Even though the logos and content of this website may seem authentic, it is a fake banking site, and once users log in and enter their sensitive information (such as bank details), they’ve been PHISHED and their accounts are already compromised.

We have created this site to help companies and members of the public to stay safe at such an uncertain time and to bring you as much information as possible about how to fight online banking fraud effectively during this pandemic.



How to defeat online banking fraud techniques during Covid-19?

Asaf Jacobi · EMEA Solution Architec Director
Mateusz Chrobok · VP of Behavioral Product
May 6 2020 | English · 60 mins

While nations around the world are doing all that they can to lessen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, fraudsters – true to form – have identified it as an opportunity to make money and are actively using COVID-19 as a way to cash. Indeed, in February in the UK alone, Coronavirus-themed scams targeting both individuals and companies caused losses of over £800,000 (the equivalent of nearly €1million). There are no depths to which these criminals won’t stop, so we expect them to keep using the virus outbreak to their advantage. This webinar will give you an idea of what to look out for and the most effective way to be protected.



buguroo Phishing Reporting Service

Discover how to report potential phishing campaigns using the buguroo Phishing Reporting Service and help to protect many more people from being affected.

In the unfortunate event that you have received an email you’re not quite sure about, you can trust the buguroo Fraud Services, to investigate. Our fifteen years of experience in fighting fraud means we can provide a foolproof verdict regarding the legitimacy of the site or email.


How we do it?

  • The information you provide us with will be treated as confidential, and no personal data will be revealed.
  • buguroo Fraud Services will investigate the suspicious email, analyzing links, images, forms, text background scripts and URLs.
  • If we believe it is an illegitimate email or site, we will contact you.
  • We may share our investigation results with Law Enforcement in case we consider it relevant, in order to help prevent anyone else falling victim to these scams.

buguroo offers the most comprehensive solution available for combatting online banking fraud. Using a combination of Behavioral Biometrics, Malware detection and device assessment technology, we create a unique biometric profile for each user accurately, swiftly and thoroughly, detecting the highest number of online fraud use cases on the market, including but not limited to Phishing, Account takeover, Banking Malware, New Account Fraud.


More references

Unmasked: International COVID-19 fraud exposed
A sophisticated fraud scheme using compromised emails, advance-payment fraud and money laundering has been uncovered by financial institutions and authorities across Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, as part of a case coordinated by INTERPOL.

A Complete List of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams
Here’s a detailed list of scams related to COVID-19, which you can filter by the type of scam, how the scams are being sent and the form of security breach.

Criminals Resurrect A Banking Trojan To Push COVID-19 Relief Payment Scam
Bad actors around the globe are doing everything they can to capitalize on Coronavirus fears. They’re using every tool at their disposal including some that haven’t been seen for several years.

Banks issue warning about Covid-19 scam attempts
The banking industry here has warned consumers to be on the lookout for an expected rise in online fraud and scam attempts that try to take advantage of the circumstances around the Covid-19 crisis.The Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) FraudSMART campaign says people need to be extra vigilant, take their time to do relevant checks and always report suspicious activity to their bank or local Garda station immediately.

Scam alert: Criminals using Covid-19 smishing text messages to target consumers
UK Finance is warning consumers to be on the lookout for “smishing” text message scams from criminals exploiting the coronavirus outbreak. Smishing is when criminals use text messages impersonating other organisations to trick people into giving away their personal and financial information or money.

Scammers gonna scam: Covid-19 and cybercrime
Phishing attacks using coronavirus-led messaging are already on the rise, but scams focussed on panicked money movement, money laundering via cryptocurrencies, money muling and exploitation around business loans are just around the corner, warns leading regtech firm ComplyAdvantage.




Banking fraud, AML and KYC compliance in the era of COVID-19
As the new coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, top-down measures are imposed to slow down its effects and minimize potential damages. Countries across the globe are taking diversified approaches to fight against the virus spread. When these measures are combined with the long awaited recession, being hit by a financial crisis in the virus era is inevitable.

Covid-19 scam texts blocked by team effort from banks and mobile phone companies
The UK mobile industry, banking and finance sector and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have joined forces to prevent criminals from sending scam text messages exploiting the Covid-19 crisis.

COVID-19 crisis in France: beware of fraudulent international wire transfers
The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a resurgence of fraudulent international wire transfers. Companies and banks should therefore be extra vigilant when dealing with international wire transfer orders.

COVID-19 and Financial Scams, Fraud and Misinformation: What You Need to Know
As governments across the globe try to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, financial fraudsters are ramping up their own scams and schemes related to the outbreak.

Coronavirus: Don’t Fall For These 5 Money Scams
Criminals never take a furlough. With much of the country experiencing financial insecurity from the toll COVID-19 has taken on the economy, it’s fertile ground for fraudsters.

Coronavirus pandemic causes US banks to issue internet fraud alerts
In an email sent out earlier this week, Bank of America advised its customers not to respond to unsolicited requests for their account or personal information such as access codes, PINs or Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs.