Learn how to stay safe and secure online through our Cyber Security Campaign.


The Cayman Islands Bankers Association is committed to keeping the community safe while banking and keeping you Cyber Safe. Keep up to date with us to learn about the different online scams and how to spot them. Don’t let an online scam ruin your 2024.

Bank Account Safety

Has someone threatened to freeze or block your bank account if you don’t reveal your personal details? This is a scam. You can be confident in knowing that no Cayman Islands retail bank will ever ask for personal details such as your PIN number or account number this way.

Scammers often use fear tactics to coerce individuals into revealing their personal and sensitive information. They might contact you via phone calls, emails, or text messages claiming to be from your bank or financial institution. They may allege that there’s an issue with your account, such as suspicious activity or pending legal action, and threaten to freeze or block your account unless you provide certain details urgently.

Watch out for unexpected account notifications or alerts claiming urgent action is needed. Verify their authenticity by directly logging into your bank account.

Be cautious of emails or messages asking for account verification or login details. Banks don’t ask for this information via email.

Regularly update your contact information with your bank to ensure you receive genuine notifications regarding your account.

Cheque Scamming

Cheque Scamming is an easy way to get conned. Scammers will often offer to send you a personal cheque in exchange for wiring money into their account. To prevent cheque scamming from happening to you, avoid wiring money into unverified or untrusted accounts in exchange for a cheque deposit. One way to be safe from any form of cheque scamming is to avoid any request that looks too good to be true. Most likely it is.

3 tips to deal with cheque scamming:

If you receive an unexpected cheque, verify the source before depositing it. Contact your bank to confirm its legitimacy.

Avoid depositing cheques that require you to send money back or forward funds elsewhere, as this could be a scam.

Be cautious of cheques from unknown or unverified sources, especially if they come with a request for personal information.

Phishing Scams

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data. If someone has asked for your personal or bank details through a phone call, email or text messages, this could be a phishing scam.

Become cyber smart today and avoid phishing scams. Never give out your personal or bank details over the phone, email or text message to an unknown or unverified person. Cayman Islands retail banks will never ask for details such as your PIN number, password, account number, or any form of verification in this way.

3 tips to deal with phishing scams:

Check the sender’s email address or domain carefully. Phishing emails often have slightly altered addresses or suspicious domains.

Hover over links in emails to see the actual URL before clicking. Ensure they lead to legitimate bank websites.

Be wary of urgent or threatening language in emails, as well as grammatical errors or unusual formatting.

Online Banking

Beware of using weak passwords, sharing credentials, or unsecured devices can lead to unauthorized access to an individual’s online banking account. Once inside, scammers can make unauthorized transactions or change account details.

Malicious software (malware) such as viruses, trojans, or key-loggers can also infect a user’s device to capture login information or banking details without the user’s knowledge.

The Cayman Islands’ retail banks recommend taking precautions to ensure that you practice safe online banking.

3 tips to stay safe with online banking:

Install and regularly update antivirus and anti-malware software on devices you use for online banking.

Use secure and private Wi-Fi connections when accessing your bank accounts online. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive transactions.

Set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible for an additional layer of security.

Social Media

We’ve all seen the ads, messages and pop-up banners that promise to make us a lot of easy money. Prevent this type of scam from happening to you by ignoring any suspicious requests from these ads on your social media platforms.

Cayman Islands retail banks want you to stay safe while online banking. They do not recommend that you accept any money into your account from any unknown source to avoid being charged for aiding and abetting illegal activities such as money laundering.

Be safe while on social media and follow these top three tips to help prevent you from being caught in an online scam.

Adjust your social media privacy settings to limit the visibility of personal information to only trusted connections.

Avoid sharing sensitive banking details or any information that could be used to verify your identity.

Be cautious of friend requests or messages from unknown individuals posing as acquaintances or bank representatives.

Third Party Applications

Be aware of downloading counterfeit banking apps or accessing fraudulent websites that mimic legitimate financial institutions. Download apps directly from official app stores and verify website URLs.

Identify secure banking apps and legitimate websites by checking for HTTPS encryption, official logos, and avoiding unsecured or suspicious links.

Scammers create fake banking websites or mobile apps that look genuine but are designed to trick users into entering their login details. Unsuspecting users may provide sensitive information, thinking they are accessing their real banking platform.

Peer 2 Peer Applications (E.g PayPal, Google Pay)

Personal Banking Threats with P2P Apps:

Scammers may exploit the trust-based nature of P2P apps by manipulating individuals into sending money for fraudulent goods/services or posing as acquaintances in need of financial assistance.

Keep your P2P app updated to the latest version and ensure your device has adequate security measures, such as antivirus software, to protect against potential cyber threats.

If you receive a request for money, particularly from someone claiming to be a friend or family member, verify their identity through a separate, secure communication channel (like a phone call) before proceeding with the transaction.


Ignore any suspicious requests

Trust your instincts, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Only trust people you know well

Cease all communication with the fraudster

If you think you have fallen victim to any type of online fraud, contact your bank directly or the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit on 949-8797. Stay cyber safe.