Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 | 22 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Phone scam: ROP alerts against sharing personal details, OTP with anyone

Phone scam: ROP alerts against sharing individual specifics, OTP with any person

In its message, the ROP has mentioned, “Such calls should be ignored. Do not reveal your bank account details, ATM PIN and any other personal information.”

Amritha K, a Muscat resident mentioned, “I not too long ago got a get in touch with from an Abdullah claiming that he is from the bank exactly where I hold my savings account. The individual mentioned that I will get an OTP shortly which I would have to share with him, else my card will get blocked.

“When I threatened to report the matter to the ROP he disconnected the call. The same day, I called the number a few times from landline but it was switched off.”

Deepti S, an additional Muscat resident who has an account with a top bank in Oman, mentioned, “First, I got an OTP message on my mobile number which is registered with the bank. Within seconds of receiving it, I got a call from a person claiming to be from the bank asking for the OTP. He also warned that my card will be blocked for six months if I did not share the OTP. I calmly told him that I can do without the card for the next one year. He abused me and then disconnected the call.” Recently, the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) had issued a cautionary notice against double swiping of bank cards.

Emaad al Lawati, a government official mentioned, “We got a notice from the CBO stating that double swiping is a practice wherein a merchant or a cashier swipes the card twice on electronic cash registers. This practice is unsafe as information may be compromised and misused by criminals or fraudsters. If customers have noticed this practice then they can inform the bank.”

An ROP official mentioned, “We are vigilant regarding such cases. You will often see cautionary messages from the ROP. We have been sending these messages repeatedly because despite our reminders people fall prey and end up sharing bank details with fraudsters. Then they come running to the police for help.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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