Following the troubles of VietinBank, Vietcombank, and BIDV, most recently, Saigon-Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank (SHB) warned about fake websites imitating its official site to swindle customers.
|The website imitating SHB's own official site |
SHB has just discoveredone Facebook account Faith Geren who enticed one of the bank’s customers to go fifty-fifty on the $7.3-million reward he claimed to have won from a website that was built to imitate SHB’s website.
The bank’s representative said that a lot of scammers are trying to take advantage of the bank’s prestige by setting up fake websites imitating them.
Specifically, victims receive notifications about winning rewards via email, text messages, and Facebook messages, after which they are required to sign in to the fake website to receive their prize.
Once the victims sign in at the fake websites, the hackers can easily steal their bank account details, then do illegal things like appropriate money from the victim’s bank account or make online purchases.
The bank’s representative recommended customers to be careful with emails, text messages, and Facebook messages that promise rewards or require them to transfer money.
In addition, SHB also recommends customers to pay attention to the URL address of the website they are entering, as only the following are official websites of SHB: https://www.shb.com.vn, https://ibanking.shb.com.vn, and https://ibanking.shb.com.vn/corp.
Last year, Vietcombank, BIDV, and VietinBank customers were also hit by similar scams. The abundance of fake websites caused the banks to have to constantly issue warnings of fraud to customers.
The fake websites sport near-identical design to the real websites, with similar domain names (with maybe one letter of difference). This convinced people that they are official websites and users naturally signed in with their online banking information.