Thursday, November 19, 2009

Still on Scam Messages...


These scammers have refused to give up! After my previous post, I have received tons of messages from the scammers. I have even heard of stories of some unfortunate "victims".

They go under the cover of the Central Bank and any other commercial bank. They are now coming under the cover of "Guaranty Trust Bank Plc." I am beginning to get worried o! The following messages below were sent to my email some days ago:

Dear Valued Guaranty Trust Bank Customer,
Guaranty Trust Bank Internet Banking,is hereby announcing the New 2009 Security Upgrade.

We've upgraded our new SSL servers to serve our customers for a better and secure banking service,against any fraudulent activities.Due to this recent upgrade, you are requested to provide your account information.

For secure transaction also include your Transaction Id; password by following the reference below
http://atmcardupgrade2009.justfree.com/GtbAccount.html

Regards,
Guaranty Trust Bank Customers Service.
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.
   ------------------------

Dear ATM card Holder,

Because of high rate of fraud, Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) has decided to put extra security to all ATM card to secure you and your money while you use the ATM card for WD. This measure will include an Email/SMS verification code which shall be sending to your Mobile Number or Email addresses anytime you used ATM card.

Verification codes will be sent. The new ATM card Verification codes will ensure you to have access and use of your ATM card. Kindly assist us by filling the individual customer form, the form will be made available by clicking on
http://http://www.cenbank.org/new/verification/code.html

Failure to Upgrade your ATM card will result in ATM Machine rejecting your ATM Card, which means you will no longer be able to use your ATM Cards with any ATM machine or ATM card) be notified that all ATM card must be upgrade on or Before November 30, 2009. After verification and upgrading of your ATM card a 3 digit code will be sent to you within 1 days either through phone or via email signifying that your ATM card has successfully been upgraded.

We appreciate your prompt attention to this important message.

WARM REGARDS
Central Bank of Nigeria
Address: Zaria Street Garki Abuja
Nigeria.
Unsuspecting victims would fall for these scams o! Why?! I thank God that I know better! But my problem is how to ensure that people are "educated" on steps to avoid falling victims to these scams/scammers? How can these scams be stopped?!

The other day an elderly man went to an ATM to withdraw some cash. He had some problem with the machine and so he sought the help of a young boy. The boy inserted the card, asked for the PIN and after sometime, he removed the ATM and told the man that he was told to go inside the Bank. The boy asked the elderly man to wait for him by the machine and then, he went into the banking hall.

Mr. Elderly Man waited for almost thirty minutes for Mr. Young Boy to come out from the Bank. Mr. Elderly Man, went into the Banking hall in search of Mr. Young Boy. Mr. Young Boy was NOT in the Banking Hall! After all said and done, Mr. Elderly Man later discovered that his account had been cleared! His hard earned money was no longer in his account!
Yes! Mr. Elderly Man had been scammed by Mr. Young Boy.

That is just one out of many scam stories. When I heard the story, I just felt pity for Mr. Elderly


PLEASE DO NOT REVEAL YOUR PIN TO ANYONE!
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR ATM CARD TO ANYONE!
PLEASE DO NOT FILL ANY FORM ONLINE TO UPGRADE YOUR ATM!
PLEASE DO NOT USE AN ATM IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE TECHNIQUES!
NO BANK/BANK OFFICER HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW YOUR PIN!

6 comments:

aloted said...

men u are so right! i keep getting these scam emails as well but thank God for wisdom.
Eyah! I cannot imagine how that old man must have felt...nawa o!!!!

Myne Whitman said...

I got an email from gtbank recently but it was different from yours. Of course I knew it was scam since I don't even bank with them. The usual one I get is from interswitch.

Ahhh, I pity that poor Mr. Elderly. I hope the CBN and the Banks are really making noise to sensitive their customers against these scams. Na waoo

Afronuts said...

I get a lot of these mails but I always know they are fake because I always check out the Urls and find out they are not owned by GTb or the said company they claim to be.
If i never need to update anything I will confirm personally from the bank iyself

histreasure said...

the people are nothing if not persistent..mehn, but me,i dont even bother, i just delete them one hand..

But ah, i pity Mr Elderly who must've grownup in an era where trust was a given and young people helped the senior citizens without ulterior motives..how sad!!

m1ke said...

thanks for this education. na God go save us from the hands of the enemies. ha ha. person never fight spiritual devil finish. this ones come come physically

Dee! said...

MYNE: The emails come in different forms. Today, it is interswitch, tomorrow it is CBN, next it is GTBank. They just refused to give up! We all need to be aware jo!

ALOTED: Yes o! Thank God for wisdom. I pity the old man. He had to learn the hard way!

How is Princess? Hope she is sucking well!

AFRONUTS: At least we check the URLs. What about the unsuspecting victims who just click and ....

M1KE: In whatever form the devils choose to come, let us fight them VERY WELL! Who dem be?

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