BDO Unibank Inc. warned the public against fake websites and provided tips on how to avoid being a victim of scammers.
“For the banking public, the importance of online banking is more pronounced in today’s social distancing-mandated reality. With all the convenience of banking from home, however, we need to be also aware of the lurking online adversary—scammers who lure their victims to fake websites, steal their bank information and then eventually their money,” the bank said.
The bank said the public should be wary of messages from a “concerned client” who drives away clients from using the bank’s mobile banking facility (especially from the BDO Mobile app) to a channel where scammers can better exploit their would-be victims and lure them to fake websites through the latter’s personal computer.
“Banks never call its clients to advise them on what to use or not to use. To be sure, check with the bank first for any official advisory and announcement, and refrain from sharing unverified news you have received via email or text,” BDO said.
BDO also advised clients not to click on links on e-mail from scammers.