If you receive an email message (written below) from a suspicious email address email@example.com, that notifies you that your Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) bank account have been suspended and blocked, you should be aware that it's a scam spreading in the internet. You can read the email message below:
DBP Alert Message -####-
"ACCOUNT SUSPENDED & BLOCKED"
We regret to inform our customers and the general public that we encountered an unexpected shutdown today
resulting in loss of data and financial records. You are hereby required to immediately restore and
reactivate your account/card below as inactive accounts will be terminated till further notice.
Activate Account : http://dbponline-s3.com/dbp.ph/dbp.megalink.htm
Development Bank of the Philippines.
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Look how this email suggests you to click a certain link to activate your account. If you click this link you will be redirected to certain kind of website which looks like this:
This is a photo snapshot of the purported Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) website which is a phishing
website. Its website url is http://dbponline-s3.com/dbp.ph/dbp.megalink.htm
which is different from the genuine DBP website url: http://www.dbp.ph
A phishing website is a clone or fake website that mainly scams or deceives people like you who have bank accounts.
This phishing website requires you to enter your confidential information of your DBP account such as:
- ATM Card Number
- ATM Pin
- Account type
You should never, never, never enter any information in the phishing website. This is a fake DBP website. If you enter your personal info in the required fields, it's time to say goodbye with your money of your DBP account.
If you receive the same kind of email above, just ignore it and delete it. Banks never send an email that asks for your bank account's username, password, account number, and other personal information.Useful Tips to Avoid Scams
- If the email is too good to be true, don't believe it.
- Identify the email address who sends you a message. If it's suspicious and different from the genuine email address of your bank, avoid it.
- Search the email address in Google to determine if it's a scam.
- Never share your confidential information or your bank account info to anyone.
- Know the website url of your bank. DBP has www.dbp.ph url.
- Contact you bank immediately and report any fraud incident.
Here's an official message from Leonora A. Fernandez, the First Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs of the Development Bank of the Philippines:
"The Development Bank of the Philippines does not send out, issue or distribute account or cardholder updates through electronic mail. The Bank also does not solicit account information via external/embedded links outside of the official DBP website (http://dbp.ph/). Advisories regarding the DBP EC Banking facility will be found only at the official DBP website (http://dbp.ph/)."
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