SBI Warning For 45 Crore Customers: Don’t Pick Calls From These Numbers, You Can Be Robbed!
Apparently, a phishing scam is making round across the country and The State Bank of India or SBI has warned its customers about the same. The country’s largest public sector bank has alerted its customers about an SBI phishing scam, through tweets, SMSes and emails that the scam is using the name of the bank in order to dupe people of money. The bank has listed two numbers, and asked its account holders not to take calls from those numbers if they receive one.
As the phone numbers 8294710946 and +91-7362951973 appear to be the number of scamsters, SBI has asked its customers to not take calls from these numbers.
The numbers were initially flagged by CID Assam, who in a tweet said, “SBI Customers are getting calls from two nos. -+91-8294710946 & +91-7362951973 asking them to click on a phishing link for KYC update. Requesting all SBI customers not to click on any such phishing/suspicious link.”
This was later confirmed by the bank. Do not engage with these numbers, & don’t click on #phishing links for KYC updates as they aren’t associated with SBI” said SBI while retweeting the tweet.
While replying on one of the tweets flagged by customers on the SBI scam, SBI said that “We appreciate your alertness and thanks for informing this to us. Our IT Security team will initiate appropriate action on it. Further, we advise all our customers not to respond to emails/ SMS/ calls/embedded links asking them to share their personal or banking details like user ID/ Password/ Debit Card number/ PIN/ CVV/ OTP etc. Bank never ask these information. Customers may report such Phishing/ Smishing/Vishing attempt through email to [email protected] or contact on helpline number 1930 for taking action They may also contact local Law enforcement agency to report these incidents.”
Reserve Bank’s Warning
In order to effectively tackle frauds, the Reserve Bank of India has published an awareness booklet where it has highlighted how fraudsters and scammers work and how to be protected against them.
RBI said that “Fraudsters circulate fake messages in instant messaging apps / SMS / social media platforms on attractive loans and use the logo of any known NBFC as profile picture in the mobile number shared by them to induce credibility”.
Random people are called by these scammers and are shared fake sanction letters, copies of fake cheques, etc. Post this they demand various charges and once they get paid, they flee.
The RBI has suggested various precautions against these scammers, asking customers not to believe suspicious people or click any link sent via SMS or emails. The recent SBI scam is one of the many such incidents customers have faced.