SBI warns customers of phishing scam: Here’s how to protect yourself

The State Bank of India (SBI) is warning users of an ongoing phishing scam. As a part of this scam, tricksters are asking SBI customers to update their Know Your Customer (KYC) details by clicking on the fraudulent link that they are sending them via a message.

The Criminal Investigation Department of the Assam Police was the first to discover the ongoing scam. It has also issued an advisory warning SBI customers against such scams. As per the details shared by the department on Twitter, SBI customers are primarily getting calls and messages from two phone numbers – +918294710946 and +91-7362951973 – for updating their KYC details on a fake SBI portal.

“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,” the department wrote in the post cautioning them against clicking on such links.

SBI has also taken cognizance of the matter and it has followed up CID Assam’s tweet with its own message warning users against the scam. “Do not engage with these numbers, & don’t click on #phishing links for KYC updates as they aren’t associated with SBI,” SBI wrote in a post from its official Twitter handle.

Meanwhile, SBI customers have also shared screenshots of messages from scammers asking them to update their PAN card and other details. Here’s what they are saying:

It is advisable that SBI customers not click on any such fraudulent links and reveal their personal information to scammers. Doing so will allow scammers to dupe customers of their hard earned money.

Meanwhile, SBI has also issued guidelines against such phishing attacks. Here are some tips that will help against phishing scams:

How to protect yourself from phishing scams

– Be suspicious when receiving any unsolicited email, message or phone call asking for your personal or financial information or asking to update them on a site. Contact your Bank directly through official channels available to verify authenticity of those calls or messages.

– Never disclose via text message any personal information, including account numbers, passwords, or any combination of sensitive information that could be used fraudulently.

– Avoid clicking on embedded links in an email or messages claiming to bring you to a secure site.

– Look at a website’s address line and check if it displays something different from the address mentioned in the email.

Faqs

– Disconnect Your Device.
– Make a Backup.
– Change Your Credentials.
– Scan Your System for Malware.
– Set up a Fraud Alert.
– Report the Incident to the FTC.
– Proceed with Caution.

– Report the scam to authorities. In case you become a victim of a scam, report the fraud to authorities and companies involved.
– Disconnect your devices.
– Use antivirus and antimalware solution.
– Update your passwords.
– It’s important to have backup.
– Stay up to date.

– Protect your computer by using security software.
– Protect your mobile phone by setting software to update automatically.
– Protect your accounts by using multi-factor authentication.
– Protect your data by backing it up.

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– Do not open it.
– Delete it immediately to prevent yourself from accidentally opening the message in the future.
– Do not download any attachments accompanying the message.
– Never click links that appear in the message.

Conclusion

SBI is warning users of an ongoing phishing scam. As part of this scam, tricksters are asking SBI customers to update their KYC details by clicking on the fraudulent link that they are sending them via a message. The Criminal Investigation Department of the Assam Police was the first to