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April 7, 2020

State Bank advises customers against disclosing information on incoming calls

Business

April 7, 2020

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has taken notice of phishing telephone by fraudsters, advising bank customers not to disclose personal information on incoming calls.

SBP said it has time and again advised the general public through various channels of communication not to disclose or share any personal information about their bank accounts or credit/debit cards including computerised national identity number, debit or credit card number, passwords, PINs and one-time password on incoming phone calls or messages.

“It has been brought to the notice of SBP that fraudsters, imitating as officials of SBP, bank or any other government agency, have been attempting to seek personal information from the public on the pretext of verification of account due to emergency conditions under COVID-19 pandemic,” the SBP said in a statement.

“It is reiterated that SBP, banks or any other agency are not collecting information from banking customers regarding their bank accounts or cards.” The State Bank said it never asks for any personal information directly from bank customers. “The general public is, therefore, advised again not to disclose personal information on incoming calls,” it said.

“Details of any such call or message received by the public may also be reported to SBP helpline at 021-111-727-273 or emailed at [email protected]” SBP announced additional measures to facilitate bank customers that are faced with challenges arising out of COVID-19 situation in the country.

Bank customers can now approach SBP through its helpline service in case their queries or complaints are not responded by banks. SBP also encourages public to use digital payment services as much as possible to help banks providing their services with minimal staff to ensure their safety.

“To facilitate banking consumers, SBP has advised all banks to ensure that their call centers/helplines are available 24/7 for instant customer support,” it said.

“Banking consumers are encouraged to approach banks through helpline for queries or lodging complaints. In case complainants do not get an appropriate response from banks, they may approach SBP helpline at 021-111-727-273, which will remain available during office hours.”

SBP also enhanced its helpline capacity by deploying more agents at its call center to cater to the needs of the public for facilitation and guidance. The general public is encouraged to take appropriate safety measures in the context of the coronavirus and use alternate delivery channels where possible.

SBP said the employees of banks and other financial institutions are providing services amid the difficult working conditions arising due to COVID-19.

“For the protection of bank employees and customers, work place safety and to meet the operational challenges in serving the bank customers, banks have been advised to implement guidelines issued by World Health Organization, the government of Pakistan and the provincial governments in letter and spirit,” it said.

“Nevertheless, bank employees and customers still facing difficulties or having concerns over arrangements may bring this to the notice of SBP.”