SBI tips about how to offer protection to towards on-line fraud and phishing diversifications

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Be suspicious of any e-mail or text message containing urgent personal or financial information.
  • Contact the organization using a telephone number from a credible source such as a phone book or a bill.
  • Avoid embedded links in an e-mail claiming to bring you to a secure site.

New Delhi: As the online transactions speed up and the ease of doing financial transactions has improved, the number of online frauds reported in retail financial transactions has also increased.

Fraudsters have been using innovative methods to defraud the familiar and gullible people of their hard-earned money, especially the new entrants who use digital platforms and are not entirely familiar with the techno financial eco-system. Here is the list of Tips provided by SBI to protect against Online Fraud and Phishing Variations-

* Be suspicious of any e-mail or text message containing urgent personal or financial information (SBI and most other financial institutions and credit card companies usually will not use e-mail to confirm an existing client’s information).

* Contact the organization using a telephone number from a credible source such as a phone book or a bill.

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* Always look out for the padlock Padlock and the URL address as https://retail.onlinesbi.com/retail/login.htm.

* To be sure, type www.onlinesbi.com.

* If you receive an e-mail claiming to be from the STATE BANK OF INDIA that appears suspicious, do not click on any links it provides or reply to it – delete it.

* Avoid embedded links in an e-mail claiming to bring you to a secure site.

* Never disclose via text message any personal information, including account numbers, passwords, or any combination of sensitive information that could be used fraudulently. Use caution if you receive a text message expressing an urgent need for you to update your information, activate an account, or verify your identity by calling a phone number or submitting information on a website. These messages may be part of a phishing scam conducted by fraudsters to capture your confidential account information and commit fraud.

* Get in the habit of looking at a website’s address line and verify if it displays something different from the address mentioned in the e-mail.

* Regularly update your computer protection with anti-virus software, spyware filters, e-mail filters and firewall programs.

* As a general rule, be suspicious when receiving any unsolicited incoming communication/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 the authenticity of those calls.

Do not share any confidential information through suspicious e-mails, websites, social media networks, text messages or phone calls.

* Use a current web browser. View a current list of SBI’sSBI’s supported browsers.

* Your online banking username or password should not be the same as other online accounts.

* Regularly check your Bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure that all transactions are legitimate.

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