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SBI warns customers! Asks not to scan QR Code to get money; shares safety tips for UPI payments

The State Bank of India (SBI) has asked its customers not to scan QR code tp receive money as it is used only while sending money to others. The bank also shared some safety tips to follow while making UPI payments. Check details here.

Updated on: Sep 09 2022, 12:57 IST
Check safety tips to follow while making UPI payments as shared by SBI. (Pixabay)
Check safety tips to follow while making UPI payments as shared by SBI. (Pixabay)

Making or receiving payments have become far easier with the help of digitalisation. You can send money now with the help of phone numbers, bank details and even by simply scanning a QR code. Here we will talk how it is very dangerous to receive money via QR code scanning. In fact, you cannot receive money by QR code scanning. If you are a customer of State Bank of India (SBI), the bank has issued an advisory for you. SBI has asked its customers not to scan QR Code for receiving money. It has also asked its customers to remember safety tips while making UPI payments.

Informing about the same SBI tweeted, You don't have to scan QR code for receiving money. Remember the safety tips every time you make UPI payments." It can be known that you may end up losing money if you scan the QR code sent by someone to you in order to receive money. With the increase in the number of online payments the cases of online fraud and cyber crime are also increasing rapidly. Some of the safety tips shared by SBI to keep in mind while making UPI payments have been mentioned below.

UPI Payments: Safety tips to follow

Step 1:

UPI PIN is required only for transfer of money and not for receiving.

Step 2:

Always verify the mobile number, name, and UPI ID before sending any money.

Step 3:

Never share UPI PIN with any one. And do not confuse UPI PIN for an OTP (One Time Password).

Step 4:

The scanner should preferably be used for fund transfer.

Step 5:

Do not seek resolution from other than official sources.

Step 6:

Use App's help section for any payment or technical issues and in case of any discrepancy seek resolution through the bank's complaint resolution portal:

SBI customers have also been alerted about a fake message that is being sent in the name of SBI asking to update your PAN number in order to avoid getting your account blocked. As per the information, several SBI customers have received a message saying that their YONO account has been closed and they need to update their PAN number to reactivate their SBI YONO account. "Dear Customer, your SBI YONO Account Closed Today Contact now And Update your PAN NUMBER in the following link," the fake message read.

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However, informing and alerting people about this fake message, the government’s official fact-checker, PIB Fact Check has tweeted about the same. “A #Fake message issued in the name of SBI is asking customers to update their PAN number to avoid their account from getting blocked. Never respond to emails/SMS asking to share your personal or banking details," PIB Fact Check informed via a tweet.

It further added that “SBI never asks for personal details through messages." PIB Fact Check further advised people to report such messages by writing an email to, or people can even call on the helpline number 1930.

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First Published Date: 09 Sep, 12:57 IST