Bank Negara warns of SMS scam using its name


PETALING JAYA: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has cautioned members of the public against being fooled by an SMS scam claiming to originate from the central bank.

In a notice today, BNM said it was aware of the message, which directed recipients to a website that asked for their personal information.

“Please be informed that BNM does not send any SMS from 15888 (or any other service providers) which says ‘Charges RM0.50 BNM, Bank memberikan 3% subsidi.’.

“The link opens up to a fake website requesting you to update/confirm your identity or banking credentials.”

BNM advised people to ignore such messages as they could become victims of phishing, identity theft or malicious malware.

“BNM will never request for personal information or clarification via SMS, telephone call, e-mail, social media or any messaging apps,” it said.

Members of the public can contact BNMTELELINK at 1300-88-5465 or e-mail [email protected] to report or enquire about suspicious text messages, e-mails or instant messages received that are related to BNM.