HDFC Bank alerts customers to PAN card fraud: Details here

New Delhi: HDFC Bank customers are being subjected to a scam in which fraudsters send a link through SMS or e-mail and ask the recipient to update PAN card information by clicking on the link.

The bank had recently tweeted, “#GoDigitalGoSecure & never click on unknown links asking you to update your PAN card details.” Read more: 7th CPC: Increase in DA of central government employees due to inflation? details here

This is known as a phishing scam, in which criminals set up a third-party phishing website that appears to be an existing genuine website, such as a bank’s website, an e-commerce website, a search engine, and so on. Fraudsters share links to these websites through SMS, social media, email, instant messengers and other means. Many clients click on the link without first reviewing the exact Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and enter the security credentials like Personal Identification Number (PIN), One Time Password (OTP), Password etc., which are collected and used by fraudsters. go. Read more: Medical health insurance premiums will now be taxed, AAR . Is said

Steps Against Phishing Attacks:

  • Avoid clicking on unknown, unverified links and promptly delete such SMS and emails received by unknown senders to avoid accidentally accessing them in future.
  • Before deleting emails containing links to a bank, e-commerce or search engine website, unsubscribe from them and block the sender’s e-mail ID.
  • Always visit the official website of your bank or service provider. Check website details carefully, especially when financial information is required.
  • Before entering secure credentials, look for the secure prompt (https with the padlock symbol) on the website.
  • Check for spelling issues in URLs and domain names received via email. Report in case of doubt.

The use of digital payments has increased, which has intensified during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. However, as the speed and ease of conducting financial transactions has increased, so has the frequency of frauds in retail financial transactions.

Fraudsters are adopting inventive tactics to dupe common and gullible people with their hard earned money, especially newcomers to digital platforms who are unfamiliar with the techno-financial ecosystem.

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