Scammers are now using THREE different CIMB scam calls or SMS messages to cheat your money!
Please SHARE this scam alert with your family and friends, so they won’t get cheated!
Watch Out For Fake CIMB Scam Call / SMS!
Many of us are now purchasing more online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and paying for those purchases with their credit cards.
This has attracted scammers who are now targeting both online purchasers and credit card users. In these new scams, they are pretending to be CIMB Bank.
Scam #1 : Credit Card Payment Authorisation
In this scam, the scammers used an automated call system with a pre-recorded message that tells you that you have just charged RM XXXX to your credit card, with these options :
- Press 1 to accept the charge to your credit card
- Press 2 to speak to a CIMB bank officer
Choosing to speak to a CIMB bank officer transfers you to the scammer, who will now convince you to transfer your money to the bank’s account for “safe keeping”.
There is no such thing. Banks will NEVER ask you to transfer money out of your account. If they suspect fraud, they can simply disable your credit card, and deny payment to the merchant.
Scam #2 : Outstanding Credit Card Debt
In a different version of the first scam, the pre-recorded message will inform you that you owe RM XXXX on your CIMB Bank credit card.
Again, you will be offered the opportunity to speak with a CIMB Bank officer – the scammer – who will try to convince you to pay the money into a different account, or give him / her your login details.
A real bank officer will NEVER ask you to transfer money to a different bank account, or request for your login details. If you have outstanding credit card debt, the bank will just charge you interest on it.
Scam #3 : Online Purchase Warning
The third method involves an SMS warning that you have just made an online purchase. It is designed to look like a genuine CIMB bank notification about a charge to your credit card.
If you call the scam number – 1800-81-9767, you will be connected to the scammer, who will try to convince you to transfer money to a CIMB Bank account for “safe keeping”.
Just like in the first scam example, no bank will ever ask you to transfer money out of your own bank account. Even if they suspect fraud, they can simply lock your account.
And again, if they suspect your credit card has been misused, they can simply disable your credit card, and deny payment to the merchant.
Warn Everyone About Bank Scams!
Such scams, whether they are from CIMB Bank or any other bank, has the potential to cost the victim A LOT OF MONEY.
So please warn your family and friends about these bank scams. Share this article as widely as possible.
And if you receive a similar call, please report it to Maybank, Bank Negara and the police.
Here are different bank scams that you may want to be alert about :
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