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Vikash Sharma

"Dear customer, your State Bank of India (SBI) YONO account closed today. Contact now and update your PAN number details in the link..." Such a message in the mobile phone can definitely create confusion in the minds of people.

However, customers need to remain extra cautious regarding such messages and think twice before clicking on such links as it could be a trap by the cyber criminals.

A factcheck by PIB found that the message issued in the name of SBI asking customers to update their PAN number to avoid their account from getting blocked is ‘fake’.

PIB factcheck further advised people to remain alert. “Never respond to emails/SMS asking to share your personal or banking details,” tweeted the government factcheck agency. Such types of phising attacks have increased in the recent past.

Through malicious sms and links, the cyber fraudsters lure people to share their personal information which can then be used to steal money from their account.

“SBI never asks for personal details through messages,” the PIB fact check revealed.

People can report such phising attacks on report.phishing@sbi.co.in or they can call on 1930.

PAN Linking Steps:

Visit SBI Internet Banking portal, www.onlinesbi.com

Navigate to” Profile-PAN Registration“ under "My Accounts", appearing on the left panel of the screen

On the next page, select the Account number, key in the PAN number and click on Submit

Your request will be forwarded to branch for processing Branch will process your request in 7 days

If you have not yet registered for Internet Banking, you can do so online using your ATM cum Debit Card details. To register, click here.

SBI Branch

Visit your nearest SBI Branch

Carry a copy of your PAN Card.

Fill in a Letter of Request Submit the above with the Xerox copy of PAN Card

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