With the increase in Digitization of money transactions in India, we’ve witnessed a steep rise in fraudulent transactions also. While financial institutions like banks, mutual funds AMC, IRDAI etc. suggests different ways to protect your hard earned money, yet there have been many instances where even educated people became the target and loose their money.
In this article, we’ll tell you about Vishing. Inputs for this article have been taken from official website of ICICI bank to educate people.
What Is Vishing?
Vishing is an attempt of a fraudster to take confidential details from you over a phone call. Details like user id, login & transaction password, OTP (One time password), URN (Unique registration number), Card PIN, Grid card values, CVV or any personal parameters such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name. Fraudsters claim to represent banks and attempt to trick customers into providing their personal and financial details over the phone. These details will then be used to conduct fraudulent activities on your account without your permission leading to financial loss.
How The Fraudsters Operate?
The fraudster calls the customer and claims to be calling from the Bank, he will ask for personal details user id, login & transaction password, OTP (One time password), URN (Unique registration number), Card PIN, Grid card values, CVV or any personal parameters such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name.
Tips To Protect Yourself From Vishing
- Your bank would have knowledge of some of your personal details. Be suspicious of any caller who appears to be ignorant of basic personal details like first and last name (although it is unsafe to rely on this alone as a sign that the call is legitimate). If you receive such a call, report it to your bank.
- Do not call and leave any personal or account details on any telephone system that you are directed to by a telephone message or from a telephone number provided in a phone message, an e-mail or an SMS especially if it is regarding possible security issues with your credit card or bank account.
- When a telephone number is given, you should first call the phone number on the back of your credit card or on your bank statement to verify whether the given number actually belongs to the bank.
- If you get an SMS or call asking for personal or credit/debit card information, please do not provide this information