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ICICI Bank Issues Alert against fishing calls
ICICI Bank one of the largest private banks in India has issued an alert against fishing calls. The Bank circular through Email to customers has asked clients to be careful about fraudulent callers seeking your bank details.
The Bank states that bank representatives will never ask for personal banking details. In addition a few scenarios where a fraudster might be at work are also portrayed such as:-
“Your account will be deactivated, unless you do…”
“This call is to verify your account details, if you do not verify your account will be closed”
“Bank is offering you an upgrade of your Debit Card…”
“Your Reward Points will expire in next month, to use it…”
“For security purpose, kindly update mobile number XXXXXX2456 in your account
using ATM/Debit Card on IVR”
The callers may possess a few of basic personal details such as name or phone number.
The Banks warns that personal banking details such as: User ID, Account Number, OTP to generate password online, transaction and Service Requests and Grid values on Reverse of
Debit Card should not be revealed on telephone under any circumstances
Voice phishing also known as Vishing (V+ishing) is the criminal practice of exploiting telephone to gain access to private personal and financial information from the public for the purpose of illicit financial reward as per the Wikipedia
As Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams (ISIS) hold over swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria weakens due to international military efforts and the likelihood of its battle-hardened foreign fighters returning to their respective homeland increases, agencies here have warned of a "grave" terror threat from the Indian returnees. Sources in the intelligence agencies estimate that number of Indians battling it out as foreign fighters in IS territory is between 40 and 50. This, they feel, is far more serious than the current trend of online radicalisation by Syria and Afghanistan-based IS recruiters and handlers, as a direct, personal indoctrination would have far more impact and outreach. [Source - Times of India 31 December 2016. Reproduced in Public Interest]