The Brunei Darussalam Central Bank (BDCB) has received information regarding a number of financial scams using BDCB’s name and logo, while also using its former name and logo of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD), it said in a release yesterday.
The release added that some people have been contacted either via phone call, short message service (SMS), or instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram from individuals claiming to be from BDCB.
These individuals aim to obtain personal and banking information access to and steal from victims’ accounts.
Some scams may also use BDCB’s name and logo to claim that there are fees or charges to be paid.
BDCB said it will never reach out to the public to request personal or banking details or any money transfer whether through phone call, SMS or instant messaging applications.
BDCB emphasised that any person using BDCB’s name or logo without written permission or using a name, symbol, design or representation identical to BDCB’s name, symbol, design or representation with the intention of deceiving or to cause confusion, is committing an offence under Section 74A of the BDCB Order, 2010, carrying a penalty of a fine not exceeding BND20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, or both.
The public can contact BDCB for verification by calling the BDCB hotline at 8318388 or e-mail email@example.com if they believe they have received a call or text messages from scammers claiming to be from BDCB.