Safety and Protection

Beware of P2P App Scams

Erin Palmer

May 13, 2024

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One simple mistake can cost you your life savings. Read and save this article so you don’t lose it all in a moment.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps let people send money to each other directly, making them a popular choice for convenience. However, the popularity of these apps means that they are also a popular choice for scammers to impersonate through phishing scams.

If you use any person-to-person payment apps, you can be targeted in a phishing scam that gets you to provide your banking credentials directly to a scammer.

Here’s what you need to know so you can protect yourself.

How Do P2P Phishing Scams Work?

Phishing scams are when scammers pretend to be real organizations in an attempt to steal your money and personal information.

Scammers are now using phishing to trick you into giving away access to your bank accounts through impersonating P2P apps.

You receive a phishing email or text that looks like it is from a popular P2P payment app, using their logos and layout, so you think someone has sent you money. When you click the links, it asks you to select your financial institution from a list, then log in.

That log in is not legitimate. Once you’ve done it, you’ve given the scammers personal information. Now they are free to log in and empty out your accounts.

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How to Protect Yourself from P2P Phishing Scams

Protect yourself from this scam by never clicking links from texts or emails that you’re not expecting, including potentially fake log in links. If you think someone sent you money, log in to apps directly from their official app or website. 

Remember, if you choose to use any apps that connect to any of your credit union or bank accounts, use the highest security settings and enable two-factor authentication.
And since phishing scams can impersonate any business, organization, or financial institution, it’s important to always remember to stop and think before clicking any links in an unexpected email or text. 

Monitor your accounts to make sure you report anything suspicious. Stay safe and protect your money!

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