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Beware of Fraudulent Bank Website and SMS Messages
2021-10-04

Beware of Fraudulent Bank Website and SMS Messages
Defrauding Trick

Recently, members of the public have reported to the Police that they have received fraudulent SMS messages from bank claiming their online banking accounts have been suspended and requesting them to reactivate the online banking services via a specific link. The victims then click the link to a website purported to be the bank website and input their bank account numbers and passwords as requested. The victims later find that their accounts have been emptied and come to realise that it is a scam.

Our advice
DOs:
  • Before inputting any personal information, make sure the website to be accessed is a genuine bank webpage, and pay attention to any irregularities on the login page, such as unusual pop-up windows or unusually slow computer response;
  • Access banking accounts by typing the bank website address directly into the browser address bar, or through the mobile applications downloaded from official App stores;
  • If you receive suspicious SMS messages or hyperlinks purported to be sent from banks, contact corresponding banks for verification proactively;
  • Remind your relatives and friends to stay vigilant against deception.
DON’Ts:
  • Access such accounts through SMS messages, e mails, hyperlinks, QR codes or attachments, or download unknown applications or softwares;
  • Input any personal information into unknown applications or websites.
If in doubt, call the “Anti-Scam Helpline 18222” for enquiries.