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Rapid increase in complaints on defrauding money from individuals

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Rapid increase in number of complaints filed by aggrieved parties to FIU Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank says that, a rapid increase in the number of complaints filed by aggrieved parties has been observed in recent times in relation to defrauding money from individuals by giving false information through fraudulent phone calls, text messages, e-mail messages and social media networks, promising to direct them to foreign employment or asking them to pay customs duties to receive parcels containing various valuable goods.

Therefore, the FIU emphasizes to the public not to deposit money into the bank accounts of unknown parties or remit money through other means based on information, without proper verification. FIU further states that the scammers who engage in such practices, may request the following information in order to proceed with such transactions, which includes Personal Identification Number (PIN); Card Verification Values (CVV) used to authenticate payment cards as stated on the back of the cards; One-Time Passwords (OTP) used to authenticate transactions; User IDs, Passwords and OTPs used in mobile banking/internet banking.

FIU requests the public that such confidential information should not be shared with any third party and to be vigilant of such scams. “Also, providing such details will surely make you, your family member, your close friend, a victim of a financial scam.”

If a person receives these types of phone calls or text messages they are requested to inform the FIU through 011-2477125 or 011-2477509.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 – 01:00

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