Messages appearing to be from BOV ask customers to visit a website to update their phone number
Bank of Valletta (BOV) has issued an urgent warning to customers regarding fraudulent SMS messages claiming to be from the bank, asking customers to confirm their mobile phone numbers via a fraudulent website.
The messages received by customers, the bank explains, claim that BOV is changing the way that transactions are verified. “This is a scam”, it informs.
Customers receiving these messages are advised:
Additionally, customers are reminded that BOV never asks for personal or financial information via SMS, email or social media.
This is only the latest in a rash of phishing attacks to be reported in Malta this year.
Aside from BOV, similar schemes have been cautioned against by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), HSBC Malta, Malta Central Bank, and Malta Gaming Authority.
For more information on scams, and how to avoid them, readers are encouraged to refer to the MFSA’s Scam Detection Guidelines.
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Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri notes that education and awareness are the best tools to combat such threats