Fact Check: People Receiving Messages Saying ‘Your SBI Account Has Been Blocked’, Check If These Messages Are Real Here

Fact Check: PIB, through its fact-checking handle @PIBFactCheck, said that account holders must not respond to such SMS and emails.

Published: January 7, 2022 1:33 PM IST

By India.com Business Desk | Edited by Raghav Aggarwal

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Fact Check: PIB has flagged the messages saying 'Your SBI account has been blocked' as fake. (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: Since the last few days, a lot of people have been receiving a text message on their phones saying “Dear A/c Holder Your SBI Bank Documents has expired A/c will be Blocked. Update Your Document Now”. This message is followed by a link, where the account holder is supposed to upload their documents. The message has, according to media reports, led to a lot of chaos and panic in public. Clearing the mist around the matter, PIB Fact-Check has clarified that this is a fake message.

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PIB, through its fact-checking handle @PIBFactCheck, also said that account holders must not respond to such SMS and emails. People have also been advised to report such messages on report.phishing@sbi.co.in.

The tweet read, “A message in circulation claiming that your @TheOfficialSBI account has been blocked is #FAKE #PIBFactCheck
▶️ Do not respond to emails/SMS asking to share your personal or banking details.
▶️ If you receive any such message, report immediately at report.phishing@sbi.co.in

What is Phishing?

Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent messages/ emails, to a person, which seem to be coming from a reputable source. The links in the messages/ emails are used to gather personal information about the victim. Credit card information, login information and sensitive passwords are often stolen through this cyber attack.

Sometimes, malware is also downloaded into the victim’s laptop or mobile phone to steal information. Most banks, including SBI, have taken steps to ensure that their account holders do not face any such attacks.

How To Get Fact-Check Done By PIB?

PIB allows people to send them images, videos and articles that may be fake. It conducts a fact-check for them. People can get the fact-check done by following steps:

  • Go to www.factcheck.pib.gov.in and upload the image or video.
  • Or, send the image or video via message on Whatsapp number +91-8799711259
  • Or, send the files via an e-mail at the email address pibfactcheck@gmail.com

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Published Date: January 7, 2022 1:33 PM IST