This is how scammers trick you with a fake Bank Negara app
During the Movement Control Order period, the government announced that every Malaysian citizen will get their financial relief fund via Bantuan Prihatin Nasional payment. However, 6 Malaysians have somehow lost nearly RM300,000 to scammers online through an APK installation via WhatsApp. Today, the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) have issued a step by step on how to prevent fro being scammed so here are the steps.
As we mentioned before in our article of how to check if your Bantuan Prihatin SMS is a scam or not, the most important rule of thumb is that the BNM or any authorities will NEVER-EVER ask you for your information such as password/PIN/TAC number for your banking details. On top of that, the BNM will not select random people as well for a beta app or system test. They even went through the trouble of taking screenshots of the images that the scammers use to trick people.
#scamalert BNM does not select random people to beta test our app or system. Most importantly, regardless of platform...Posted by Bank Negara Malaysia | Central Bank of Malaysia (Official) on Monday, 13 April 2020
Moreover, the Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (LHDN Malaysia) also mentioned that the SMS should only come from the number 62000 or 63833 officially. If you want to know if the payment has been made, the SMS will let you know and you don't have to do anything about it. Again, the LHDN Malaysia will never call you as well.
If you have any friends and family asking about the Bantuan Prihatin application, please share this with them so they won't get scammed. Stay safe, stay at home, and stay tuned for more local tech news at TechNave.com.