Cyber threat actors send Short Message Service (SMS) text messages that are intended to lure you to click on the link to steal your personal and financial details. These attacks can be designed to look like they are coming from the bank.
The Modus Operandi:
Fraudsters could lure you to click on the link to verify your bank account and if found wrong to visit the web link, it’s this web link that leads to phishing web page. Since the bank account number and the SMS is wrong, you are enticed to click on the web link. Clicking on the link in the SMS, opens a website which is a replica of the bank’s website.
Ahli United Bank will never ask for personal information in the form of a message.
How to protect yourself:
• Never respond, refuse to take the bait.
• Never give your online and mobile banking password, PIN or One Time Passwords (OTP) to anyone.
• Do not call the number included in the messages, as cybercriminals will try to trick you into giving away personal information.
• Don’t click on any web links or type them into your browser, your device could be infected with a malicious application.
• Stay updated with the latest operating system and patches
• Save 1812000 or +965-22467711 (international) with an alternate name such as ‘my bank’ or something unrelated, this will help distinguish the real messages from forged caller ID’s or unsolicited messages.
What to do if you receive a suspicious message or have responded to a message
• Forward any message referring to Ahli United Bank, Kuwait to email@example.com, or call Hayakom on the following numbers: