In all some 5.17 million euros were defrauded in this way. The fraud is usually the result of phishing, a con trick that involves the fraudsters contacting victims in a bid to get hold of personal information and bank codes.
The industry body Febelfin notes that there may now be a turn for the better. There was a large drop in the number of fraud cases during the last quarter. Febelfin insists that banking online is safe: only one case of fraud occurs per 250,000 logged on users. The body repeated its warning against handing over bank codes via email and the telephone.