The Press Information Bureau, a central organization of the Government of India, has warned users of State Bank of India (SBI) against a new SMS scam that could be used by scammers to steal money from their accounts. According to PIB’s tweet, this SMS claims that his account has been blocked.
Beware! SBI users are getting scam text messages
PIB has urged SBI not to respond to such text messages or calls. They are also advised not to click on any link shared in this text message. The scammers further ask users to click on a given link to submit their “personal” documents to reactivate their account. Once, you tap on the link, you will be directed to a fake SBI website and then you will fall prey to phishing. This allows scammers to steal money from your account.
This fraud message reads:
“Dear Account Holders SBI Bank Documents Expired A/c Will Be Blocked Now Click on Update http://sbikvs.II by NetBanking.”
Especially, if you pay attention to such messages, you will be able to easily find out whether it is fake or not. There is a grammatical error in the above text which is usually the first to state that it is a scam.
Don’t respond to emails/SMS asking you to share your personal or banking details.
️ If you receive any such message, report it immediately. email@example.com pic.twitter.com/Y8sVlk95wH
— PIB FactCheck (@PIBFactCheck) 18 May 2022
According to a tweet posted by SBI Bank last month, “We advise all our customers not to respond to emails/SMS/calls/embedded links asking them to ask for User ID/Password/Debit Card Number/PIN/CVV.” /OTP etc. Banks never ask for this information. Customer can report such phishing / smishing / vishing attempts through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or can contact the helpline number 1930 to take action They may also contact the local law enforcement agency to report these incidents.”
All SBI users should be aware that the bank does not send such text messages. According to the bank’s official site, “SBI never sends emails seeking customer details. Please report immediately if you receive any e-mail generated by SBI to collect your username or password or any other personal information. It could be a phishing mail.”
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