I am prompted to blog about this because I think this is really getting out of hand. Personally I’ve known people who have actually clicked on the links in their email and got scammed.
Now previously I wrote about the SHELL scam which came via SMS. If you look at the number of responses/comments to that post of mine, you will know how many people get that stupid SMS. And if more people know of these scams, the less chance these scammers will have of cheating people of their money.
I wonder why Maybank can’t do more for its customers and prevent all this fraud.
But when people get an email or SMS that sounds too good to be true, they go online to verify it. That is good too because everyone does this kind of background research when they want to buy a product or try out a restaurant or new service.
So here is that stupid email from Maybank (or at least the scammers pretending to be Maybank).
Their subject line: Security Notification
Please note: This is a service notification from Maybank2u.com.my
regarding important to your accounts or services.
We have checking account billing information as part of our ongoing effort to protect your account and our relationship, we monitor your account for possible fraudulent activity.
As a result,we require you to confirm and verify your account information By Clicking Here and completing the confirmation process.
If you spot a transaction you don’t recognise call us immediately on 03-5891 4744 as soon as possible.
Maybank Fraud Prevention Department
If you get anything like what’s above, just delete it. It’s always a scam.
Most people get worried if their bank sends them email. Well, you can always call the real Maybank hotline to verify and check. Or call your local bank branch.
Never ever call the number in the email. It will be answered by someone who sounds like he’s from the bank.
Also, never call mobile numbers. One stupid scammer actually tells people to call his landline but gives a mobile number!
Scammers play with your emotions like fear and worry. In this case, your worry that your account may be hacked is the reason you will click the link. And when you do, it’s just a matter of getting your actual login details.
I wonder why Bank Negara or Maybank cannot do something to get these crooks. Everything done online leaves a trace and if the authorities are smart, they can trace these links back to the crooks.
I am doing this so that in event you are checking to see if your email from Maybank is real or not, most likely you’ll find this post and be more alert.
Please alert your friends and families too.
The more aware we are, the less likely we fall for the hoaxes and scams of these criminals.