Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Beware of calls, sms for banking info

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has warned members of the public to be vigilant when receiving calls or short messaging services (SMS), requesting for personal banking information.

The callers and SMS often claim to be from the central bank or other commercial banks.

BNM in a statement today said that there is no department called “Unit Kad Kredit Palsu” within it, nor does it have the telephone number, 8659-XXXX.

BNM also stated that it never requests’ for personal banking information through the SMS or telephone calls.

BNM said that based on recent complaints received, there had been an increase in incidents of fraudsters making such calls and SMS to unknowing members of the public to fraudulently obtain their personal banking information, with the aim of siphoning monies from accounts.

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