| Danial Norjidi |
THE public should protect their personal and financial details from dubious sources, who contact them via SMS, WhatsApp or email telling them they have won a cash prize that requires them to share private information.
This was the message put forward in a press conference that was held at Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s headquarters in the capital.
The press conference was held to raise awareness about the importance of protecting personal information, including banking details, from falling into the hands of criminal syndicates operating locally or abroad.
The press conference was conducted by Hjh Nurul Akmar binti Jaafar, the Deputy Head of Consumer Banking, along with ASP Zamri Salleh bin Mahmud and ASP Pg Omarali bin Pg Hj Jamaludin from the Royal Brunei Police Force.
The personal information that should be protected includes bank account numbers, date of birth, answers to security questions, password, PIN numbers and credit card details.
Hjh Nurul Akmar and ASP Zamri Salleh said that people are sometimes contacted via phone calls, SMS and WhatsApp or email about supposedly winning a cash prize.
To attain the supposed cash prize, one gets asked to first provide personal information and bank account details. The criminals will also try to convince their victims to accept their offer by linking the names of important individuals as past recipients or as those involved in the programme or scheme. The victims will also be required to deposit some cash into an account that is set up by the criminals in order to obtain the supposed prize money.
If people receive such offers or any requests for their private information they should ignore them and, if in doubt, contact the BIBD hotline or any other branches for verification.
The public were also reminded not to send any money or make payments to unknown companies or individuals in the country or abroad.
The BIBD yesterday also shared some tips for fraud protection, beginning with personal identity protection.
They advised the public not to give their personal information to unknown people or those who claim to represent any company. They also urged the public not to give out the password or PIN number of their debit or credit cards to anyone, except bank staff with genuine identification.
BIBD also said that it will not ask for personal or banking information from customers via telephone, SMS, WhatsApp or email; use unsafe or insecure media to share offers or promotions; or offer get-rich-quick schemes.