SBI Fake Message Alert: The government has once again foiled a fake message circulating on cell phones. Several banking customers, especially those who have a bank account at State Bank of India, are getting a message from the lender allegedly asking them to update their Permanent Account Number (PAN) in order to activate their SBI Yono account again. However, the government has declared this message to be fake, and if you have received the same, it is best to ignore it.
The Centre’s fact-checking wing, PIB Fact Check, alerted SBI customers to the fake message and asked them not to respond to it or share personal or banking information.
“A fake message issued in the name of SBI asks customers to update their PAN number to prevent their account from being blocked. Never respond to emails/SMS asking to share your personal or bank details,” said PIB Fact Check in a tweet dated August 27, Saturday.
▶️Never respond to emails/SMS asking to share your personal or bank details
– GDP Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) August 27, 2022
“SBI never asks for personal details through messages,” the fact-checking arm added in an image alongside the tweet.
What is the fake SBI message customers are getting?
Many customers receive a fake message that says “Dear customer, your SBI YONO account is closed today, contact now and update your PAN NUMBER in the following link”. The message is then accompanied by a suspicious link and it also contains the name of the sender.
Fake SBI message: What should customers do when they receive the message?
GDP Fact Check has also asked customers to report these messages on SBI’s email ID and toll-free numbers. Customers can report the issue by writing an email to [email protected] or calling 1930.
According to official data from RBI, “Debit Cards/Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Internet Banking Fraud” resulted in fraud of Rs 179 crore during the financial year 2021-22, while during in the previous financial year, customers lost Rs 216 crore due to these frauds.
Customers should know that banks never ask for personal details on messages and calls. SBI has also warned customers against bank fraud on its website. “Beware of cyber fraud! Do not share your CARD/PIN/OTP/CVV with anyone. Do not click on unknown links received on mobile/email,” according to the SBI website.
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