Bank of the Philippines warned customers against fraudsters who could take advantage of its one-day upgrade later this week. Cyber criminals are now “more violent, imaginative, and skilled” and could “take advantage of the next crime.
Online banking channels including ATM and debit card services will not be available on October 19 from 12:01 a.m. At 11:59 p.m. Thanks to an update to the infrastructure, BPI said earlier.
Scammers often claim to be bank employees and ask for a one-time PIN account, an online banking key, and other confidential information.
“Don’t fall for it,” the Ayala-led lender said, offering the following tips:
- Change your passwords periodically. Passwords must include a capital letter, a lowercase letter, a number, and a special character to make it harder to guess.
- When accessing e-mail or bank accounts, avoid unsecured WiFi links or shared computers.
- Track payments on a regular basis.
- Be cautious of emails from websites asking for personal and confidential information. Never provide confidential information such as password, one-time PIN, age, mother’s maiden name, account details, and other data that can be used to identify a person.
- Ignore and delete phishing e-mails. Don’t click on the embedded links when you open it.
- Report suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.