Spoof websites

  • Don’t be fooled. Access the real thing, not the fake

    A spoof website claims to be the legitimate site of a particular organisation and is set up to look like the original.

    Spoof websites usually have similar logos to ours, and in some cases, they may even be identical. The domain name or web address is also similar to ours and will often use words related to our name or products.

  • How it works

    The intention of a spoof website is usually to associate a scam with a reputable institution. Spoof websites are set up to ‘validate’ 419 scams. By creating a website that appears to be Standard Bank, criminals provide login passwords to their victim. The login details are to a false website's Internet banking page which shows inflated balances. The hope is that if the target sees a bigger balance in the account, he or she will be more likely to fall victim to the 419 scam.

    Phishers are also able to reprogram a browser's bookmarks or favourites to redirect them to a spoof website. The safest method of accessing an authentic site remains checking the URL or typing it in every time you visit it.

  • How to identify a spoof website
    It does not have one of our official website addresses or URLs, for example:

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    If you are unsure about the authenticity of a website claiming to be a Standard Bank website, contact our call centre on 0860 123 000 or email us at phishing@standardbank.co.za with details and the address of the website.