The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a warning to bank customers against disclosing their Debit (ATM) card details to fraudsters who send out fake SMS messages.
In a statement by Mr Isaac Okorafor, acting Director of Communications at CBN, bank customers were warned by the apex bank about certain fraudulent individuals who call or send SMS messages with deceptive information that a customer’s ATM card “has been disabled.”
The statement warned customers not to reply to those text messages from individuals pretending to be Customer Care representatives of the CBN asking for their unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) or Bank Verification Number (BVN).
According to the statement, “those messages and calls are intended to lure bank account holders to reveal their personal details which the fraudsters could use to defraud them.”
According to the apex bank, “the public is therefore warned that neither the CBN, deposit money banks nor their employees or agents would ever call bank customers or send email, text messages requesting for passwords or cards’ details.”
According to CBN, “bank customers are therefore advised to personally visit their banks for any issue requiring disclosure of personal bank details.”