SBI warns customers of lottery scam via WhatsApp calls, messages

    SBI is warning customers of this ongoing scam where cyber criminals are tricking people with lottery wins.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Oct 20 2020, 16:50 IST
    SBI lottery scam.
    SBI lottery scam.
    SBI lottery scam.
    SBI lottery scam.

    State Bank of India (SBI) has issued a warning to its customers about possible scams taking place via WhatsApp. SBI tweeted the warning listing out the ways cyber criminals may try to approach customers.

    In its tweet, SBI announced that cyber criminals are now targeting customers via WhatsApp calls and messages. The warning is for an ongoing scam where fraudsters are calling SBI customers and informing them about winning a lottery. Customers are then asked to contact an SBI number to find out more about the supposed lottery they won.

    “Please be aware that SBI never calls for personal or account specific information through Email/SMS/Call/WhatsApp Calls,” SBI wrote in its warning to customers.

    It added that there's currently no such lottery scheme or lucky customer gift offers going on, and that customers should think twice if they come across any such claims. SBI also highlighted how making one mistake will give cyber criminals access to your bank accounts.

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    Banking scams and frauds are quite common, and still continue to take place. Not just with SBI but such scams can occur with customers from just any bank. Despite warnings from banks, people still fall prey to such scams and end up losing a lot of money. The best way to stay safe is to be aware of suspicious calls that involve getting free money. It's also a good idea to call up the bank and ask about such calls to confirm if it's legitimate or not.

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    First Published Date: 28 Sep, 13:33 IST
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