NatWest customers are being targeted by fake text messages stating that “a new device has been registered” with your account.

This is an attempt to send people through to a website that is not affiliated with NatWest and can lead to phishing, where your data and details are stolen.

Here’s what you need to know.

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What do the texts say?

The texts initially look legitimate, with them being sent under the guise of a NatWest name.

The message itself says: “A new device has been registered. If this was NOT done by you please visit: (fraudulent hyperlink) to cancel this”.

The hyperlink says ‘canceldevice-verfication.com’, which is not associated with NatWest.

There are no obvious mistakes so it’s easy to be convinced this may be a genuine message.

Which? Conversation, a blog on the Which? website, attempted to follow the link and was warned by their browser of a ‘deceptive site ahead’ where it had ‘recently detected phishing’.

After showing a copy of the texts to NatWest, they confirmed the message was not sent by the bank and shared five top tips for what to do after receiving a text message to follow a link.

How to spot a scam

Being contacted without any prior warning is often a huge red flag in spotting a scam. Where legitimate businesses often do send texts, they would not ask for personal or payment details if you were not expected to be contacted by them.

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