15 January 2010

Nigeria: CBN Warns Against ATM Scam Mails

Lagos — The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cautioned the banking public of a scam mail instructing customers to upgrade their Automated Teller Machines (ATM) which may require the disclosure of their pin code and password, saying the information was not from the apex bank.

According to a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, the scam mails being circulated are the handiwork of fraudsters targeted at duping unsuspecting customers.

He noted that any email or website that links the CBN with such a transaction should be disregarded, explaining that the CBN is not directly involved in the day-to-day operations of ATMs and therefore will not give directives now or in future about such upgrades.

The CBN, however, advised all holders of bank accounts including ATM accounts to maintain cordial relationship with the account officers in the banks where their accounts are domiciled; verify from their bank account officers whenever they receive any electronic notification that may demand their bank account details like login name, password, bank account number, card number, etc before taking any action.

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