SBI Customer Alert: If you are a State Bank of India user, then the government has an important fake alert for you. Government agency PIB has issued advisory. Press Information Bureau or PIB is the nodal agency of the Government of India for dissemination of information to the print and electronic media on government policies, programmes, initiatives and achievements. The agency has asked SBI users not to respond to SMS and calls claiming that their bank accounts have been blocked. It also asks SBI customers not to click on any link in messages that claim that their bank account has been blocked.
A tweet by PIB said, “The message claiming that your @TheOfficialSBI account has been blocked is #FAKE.” There is also a photo of one such fake SMS in the tweet. It further asks users:
What does the fake SMS asks SBI users to do
PIB’s tweet shares a picture of one such fake SMS which is in circulation. The fake SMS reads: “Dear A/c holder SBI Bank documents has expired A/c will be Blocked Now Click https://sbikvs.ll Update by Net Banking”. “Dear Account Holder SBI Bank Documents Expired Account Will Be Blocked Now Click Here To Update Your Documents Through Net Banking https://sbikvs.ll”
This is not the first time that such fake SMS is coming. In March this year, several SBI users reported receiving an SMS claiming that their SBI had been suspended for non-compliance with RBI’s KYC norms. The message contained a link in which users were asked to complete their KYC by clicking on it.
“Dear customer, your SBI Bank account has been suspended for KYC, please complete your KYC 10 minutes promptly by clicking this link.” “Dear customer, your SBI bank account has been suspended for KYC, please click on this link to complete your KYC in 10 minutes immediately.” Country’s largest bank issued a warning to customers not to click on this SMS is.
“Here #YehWrongNumberHai is an example of KYC fraud. Such SMS can lead to fraud, and you can lose your savings. Do not click on the embedded link. On receiving the SMS, check the correct short code of SBI. Stay alert and stay #SafeWithSBI,” warned SBI through its official Twitter account with a photo of a similar message.