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I believed the SMS was from my bank – and fell victim to a $22,000 scam | Anonymous

I like to think that I am fairly savvy when it comes to online scams. I know not to click on weird links or give out my personal information, and that people can call and impersonate my bank. I also work for an organisation that is extremely proactive when it comes to cybersecurity. And I’ve even worked for a bank, so if you’d asked me two weeks ago, I would have said that I know what to look for.

Yet last week I suddenly found myself the victim of a highly sophisticated cybercrime. I feel incredibly embarrassed and stupid – the sense of shame has been quite overwhelming – but I feel that the only way I can regain some sense of agency is to share what happened, in the hope it stops it from happening to others.

It started with an SMS from what I believed was my bank, saying that someone had tried to set up a payment to a new payee. The text message said that if this wasn’t me, I should call the number provided. It looked…

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