Fraud and scams - Revolut
Criminals are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to steal money. As fraudsters and scammers get smarter, it becomes harder for customers to identify them, and the risk of being misled increases. Revolut constantly reviews its fraud and scam prevention systems and is continually developing and deploying new solutions to counter the latest techniques and protect our customers. You, our customers, also have an important part to play in preventing fraud. This page outlines what to do if you suspect you have been targeted by fraudsters and includes information on the latest scam and fraud techniques, how to protect yourself and details of how Revolut protects you.
Have you been a victim of fraud?
- Freeze your card(s) in the Revolut app
- Contact customer service via our in-app chat function. Find the chat by tapping on your profile on the top left of your app, then tap Help and finally New chat. Let customer support know you may have been a victim of financial crime.
- We will then help and advise you on what the next steps are
Fraud and scam explained
This is usually when criminals use techniques to obtain your account or card details and use those details to make transactions without your knowledge
These are usually when criminals trick you into making a transaction you suspect to be real, and is instead to them. This typically comes from them pretending to be someone they are not.
Latest fraud and scam techniques
APP fraud is when criminals trick you or use persuasion to get you to transfer money to another account. APP fraud has increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. The most common forms are:
- Investment scams, when criminals convince their victims to move their money to a fake fund or to pay for a fictitious investment
- Charity scam, when scammers will take advantage of your kind spirit and get you to donate to a cause you care about - but the funds go straight to them
- Romance scams, when criminals claim to be romantically interested in you and take advantage of your emotions in order to convince you to send them your money
- Impersonation scams, when scammers pretend to be from an organisation such as a bank, utility company, or tax authority. They might tell you there is something urgently wrong and you need to move your money, often they’ll emphasise that they need it quickly, or that there is a time limit
Card fraud is when criminals use stolen debit or credit card details to steal your money. There are several types of card fraud. The most common forms are:
- Remote purchase or card not present (CNP) fraud, when criminals use stolen card details to purchase items online, over the phone or through mail
- Lost and stolen card fraud, when criminals use a lost or stolen card to make purchases or take cash out at ATMs
- Card ID theft or account takeover (ATO) fraud, when criminals use stolen card details and personal information to open or take over a card account held in someone else’s name
This type of fraud occurs when criminals ask you to download software, usually in the form of a mobile or desktop app that typically allows criminals to see your screen or take over your mouse, to gain access to your online or in-app account and transfer money. Fraudsters often use remote access software applications to gain control of your banking and finance applications.
Scammers know we’re all addicted to shopping online and that we usually have important deliveries on the way! They’ll text you and pretend a parcel is stuck in customs, or pretend a delivery has failed, in order to persuade you to provide important personal information.
Businesses can also be the victims of fraud. CEO fraud is an increasingly popular means for criminals to persuade businesses to illicitly transfer funds. Scammers impersonate the CEO or other senior business leaders of your organisation and convince victims to make payments, again, often stating they need it urgently.
How we protect you
Here are just some of the ways Revolut detects or prevents fraudsters from getting your money:
- In order to make sure we know it’s you, customers accessing Revolut via the mobile app are asked to provide either a PIN / Passcode OR Biometrics (i.e. fingerprint or facial recognition) AND an SMS one-time-passcode whenever required
- Customers sending money with Revolut via the desktop app are taken through authentication by sending a notification to the mobile app. Then the customer confirms the login request via the mobile app, before the payment can proceed
- When making online purchases, if transaction verification is requested by the merchant, we send you a notification, which asks you to open the app and confirm the request before the payment can proceed
- When sending funds to a new recipient, we’ll ask you to confirm that you know and trust the intended recipient of the funds before the transaction can proceed. If we detect that the payment may be a scam, we’ll provide in-app warnings, which you should never ignore.
- We also offer unique features like virtual disposable cards (single-use time virtual cards can be used to shop online - and once you’ve paid,the details are deleted so that they can’t be skimmed or re-used by criminals)
- We offer in-app review of transactions, instant freeze of suspicious transactions and the relevant card (which customers can instantly unfreeze if they find that it is safe - rather than order a new card).
- Finally, remember that Revolut will never contact you over the telephone without verifying ourselves first.
- Carefully review the alerts and information we provide to you when the Automated security system identifies suspicious fraudulent activity. Take your time to consider the situation before making a decision and consult with us if you’re in doubt.
Tips & tools to protect yourself
- Never ignore in-app warnings, especially if someone is putting you under pressure, telling you to do something urgently or recommending you ignore them
- Be suspicious of ‘too good to be true’ offers or prices
- Shop with retailers that are reputable and reliable. As a rule of thumb, their website URLs should start with https. not http. Look for a padlock icon before the website name indicating that the site is secured with a digital certificate
- Never divulge PINs, passwords, one time passcodes or personal details over the phone or to an online chat support
- Read online reviews to check websites and sellers are genuine, and ask to see high value items in person or via video, as well as getting copies of documentation to ensure the seller owns the item
- Purchase branded items from the list of authorised sellers listed on their official websites
- Always access the website you’re buying from by typing it into your web browser. Don’t follow links in unsolicited emails or texts
- Always ensure you click ‘log out’ or ‘sign out’ of websites
- Remember that fraudsters may ask you to pay by bank transfer instead of card payment
- If you get a message from Revolut saying the payee doesn’t match, stop the transaction and investigate