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As some consortium of banks gear up to challenge the court ruling ordering the forfeiture of money in accounts without verifiable Bank Verification Number (BVN), online fraudsters’ are now ambushing customers yet to comply with fake sms.
Already, an unconfirmed report say banks have approached the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to prevail on the Federal Government to back down on the plan to seize monies in the bank accounts of customers without the BVN.
Investigations by Business Hilights show that the e-fraudsters ’are cloning banks’ GSM numbers and use same to pose as banks in sending warning text messages to customers.
Just as the sms do come through the same phone numbers with which customers receive alerts on their accounts when sent by their banks, they ask for other critical bank details which they can use to hack into customers’ accounts to move their monies away.
Some of the victims who had approached the banks after falling prey say banks usually disown them and leave them to suffer the loss without any assistance to trace their missing deposits.
One of the popular sms that has been going round since the court order reads unedited: “Dear customer, as regard to cashless policy, your account, ATM has been locked due to change in date of birth. To activate, call customer care 08118111105 to rectify.”
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