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Unauthorised Use of Credit or Debit Card

Unauthorised Use of Credit or Debit Card is a transaction involving the charging of expenses/purchase of goods and services without the consent of the cardholder. Such transactions may occur as a consequence of credit or debit cards that are lost, stolen, not received, issued on a fraudulent application, counterfeit or other fraudulent conditions as defined by the credit or debit card issuer.

Fraudsters are no longer just using SMS to elicit contact with unwary members of the public in an effort to extract personal banking information for unlawful purposes.

How it's done?

  • Victim receives SMS or telephone call: Requesting victim to confirm a credit card transaction for the purchase of goods or services purportedly charged to the victim's credit card. 

  • When victim calls the telephone number provided in the SMS, the fraudsters identify themselves as agents of a commercial bank, and again, ask the victim to confirm whether the credit card transaction had taken place. 

  • When victim informs the fraudster that he has no such credit card or transaction, the fraudster will start to sound concerned and will advise victim to lodge a report with Bank Negara Malaysia's "Unit Kad Kredit Palsu", or with the commercial bank's "credit card management department". The fraudster will provide the victim with the telephone number for the "Unit Kad Kredit Palsu". 

  • When victim calls the telephone number provided, they are greeted by a automated voice message which identifies the company as Bank Negara Malaysia, and the call will then be answered by someone claiming to be a Bank Negara Malaysia officer. This officer will request for information relating to the victim's banking and credit card accounts under the pretence of lodging a complaint on behalf of the victim. 

  • The fraudsters now have sufficient information to illegally transfer funds out of the victim's bank account or to conduct illegal transactions through the victim's credit card account.

How to Protect Yourself?

  • Do not respond to SMS or call from unknown person asking for your credit/debit card details.
  • If someone claiming to be from your card service provider calls you and asks you to confirm the security numbers on the back of the card (the last three digits on the back of the card), you should end the call immediately
  • Be sceptical - Bank Negara Malaysia officer will never call you to ask for your credit/debit card or banking particulars; and
  • In case an arrangement has been made, keep copies of all the communication records and documentation

How to Report?

You can report directly to Bank Negara Malaysia via the following communication channels:

Call: 1-300-88-5465 (1-300-88-LINK)
Fax: 03-2174 1515
SMS to 15888: BNM TANYA [your report / query]
Email: bnmtelelink@bnm.gov.my

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