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SBI customer? BEWARE! 'Won a free gift from a bank'? WARNING! DON'T FALL into trap of phishing attacks - check all details here

Zee Business logo Zee Business 18-06-2021 (Zee Business)
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SBI Phishing Attack: Want to win a FREE GIFT from the National Bank of India? Beware! This can lead to a loss of one's personal and confidential information. The State Bank of India (SBI) has warned its customers against such phishing attacks. On can also get more information about the potential security threats by logging in to the website

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Recently, the SBI has tweeted from its official Twitter handle warning its customers of the phishing links that can lead to the loss of personal and confidential information for the customers. The tweet from SBI said, "Are you receiving these links in your inbox? Steer Clear! Clicking on these phishing links could lead to loss of your personal and confidential information. Stay alert. Think before you click!" The SBI tweet warned its customers from accepting links offering freebies.


Phishing attacks use both social engineering and technical subterfuge to steal customers' personal identity data and financial account credentials. The SBI customers must be aware of the process  by means of which the phishing attacks take place, they are as follows:

1) Internet banking user receives a fraudulent e-mail seemingly from a legitimate Internet address.

2) The email invites the user to click on a hyperlink provided in the mail.

3) User clicks the hyperlink and is redirected to a fake web site that looks similar to the genuine Internet banking site.

4) Usually the email will either promise a reward on compliance or warn of an impending penalty on non-compliance.

5) User is asked to provide confidential information, such as login/profile or transaction passwords and bank account numbers etc.

6) User provides the details in good faith and clicks on 'submit' button.

7) User is displayed an error page

8) User has fallen prey to a phishing attack.

One must not click on any link, which has come through e-mail from an unknown source. It may contain malicious code or could be a 'Phishing attack'. One must not provide any information on the page that has come up as a pop-up window. The bank customers must remember the fact that information like password, PIN, TIN, etc are strictly confidential and are not known even to employees/service personnel of the Bank. Therefore, one must never divulge such information even if asked for.

For more information, one can login to the SBI website at

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