“A notice is circulating claiming that your @TheOfficialSBI account has been locked as #FAKE,” a tweet from PIB said. The tweet also featured an image of such a fake SMS. It also asks the user to:
* Do not respond to emails/SMS asking to share your personal or banking details.
* If you receive any such notice, report it immediately at email@example.com
What the fake SMS asks SBI users to do
The PIB tweet sharing an image of a fake SMS message is circulating. This is what the phishing SMS text says: “Dear A/c SBI BANK Expired documents A/c will be blocked immediately Click https://sbikvs.ll Update by Net Banking ”
A notice circulating claiming that your @TheOfficialSBI account has been locked is #FAKE #PIBFactCheck ▶ ️… https://t.co/NuPpjFoACQ
– PIB truth check (@PIBFactCheck) 1652853067000
This is not the first time such fake SMS messages have been found circulating. In March of this year, some SBI users reported receiving an SMS notifying that their SBI had been suspended for non-compliance. RBI‘S KYC quota. This message has a link that requires users to click and complete their KYC.
“Dear customer, your SBI Bank account has been suspended for KYC, please complete your KYC in 10 minutes immediately by clicking this link.” The country’s largest bank has issued a warning to customers against this SMS scam.
“This is an example of #YehWrongNumberHai, KYC fraud. Such SMS can lead to fraud and you may lose your savings. Do not click on the embedded links. Please check the correct shortcode. of SBI when receiving SMS. Be alert and stay #SafeWithSBI,” SBI warned via its official Twitter account with a picture of a similar message.
This is an example of #YehWrongNumberHai, KYC fraud. Such SMS can lead to fraud and you may lose your savings. D… https://t.co/TdrHQ8QDtU
– State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) 1646368317000