When you use your bank account you need to stay safe and secure.
Learn how to spot a scam, what to do if you are contacted unexpectedly, and get advice on how to stay safe.
Fraudsters can phone people and pretend to be from Halifax, the police, or other well-known companies. Scam calls can sound real and professional. But stop and think - is this call genuine?
If you get a cold call then you can stay safe by:
Remember, if you’re not sure about a call hang up the phone.
You need to be careful when you make a payment online. Fraudsters can pretend to be someone you trust or offer things like fake goods to try and scam you.
We’ll do as much as we can to protect you and reduce scams while you make genuine payments.
To stay safe online, you should follow the code of conduct below. This code will help to protect you from scams and give you the chance of a fraud refund.
Our advanced systems help us to fight fraud. We can use them to warn you about a scam before you make a payment and when you:
If you get a warning, make sure you take suitable action to protect your payment. We may not refund your money if you ignore a warning and fail to act.
Before you make a payment, you need to double check all the details to make sure:
Don't rely on an email, text message or a caller ringing you to give correct payment details. To double check, call back on a number you know is theirs.
By doing this, you’ll help to protect yourself from scams and your right to a refund.
If you run a micro-enterprise or a charity, then you should have measures in place for when you approve a payment. You should use these at all times as they can help you to avoid a scam. If you fail to use them and then fall victim to a scam, we may not refund your money.
If you follow the code of conduct, it not only helps you to stay safe from fraud but it gives you the chance of a refund.
We’ll look at all cases of fraud to make sure a payment was made fairly and with care. We can then decide on a refund for any money you may have lost.
We will not give a refund if you do something dishonest or careless that helps a fraud take place.
We guarantee to refund your money (including charges and interest that you’ve paid or not received as a result) in the unlikely event that you experience fraud with our Online Banking service. We will take steps to protect you 24/7, using technology and safeguards that meet or exceed industry standards, but you must also use our online banking services carefully.
Being careful when you use our services includes, for example, that you:
If you've been grossly negligent, we will not refund any money taken from your account before you have told us your Security Details have been lost, stolen or could be misused.
We won't give you a refund if you have acted fraudulently.
For further guidance on using our online banking services, see our Online Banking terms and conditions.