In connection to the major system upgrade of the Bank of the Philippine Islands(BPI) on October 19, the bank warned the clients that cybercriminals might take advantage of the one-day maintenance.
Cybercriminals are now “more aggressive, creative, and sophisticated” and could “take advantage of the upcoming activity,” BPI reported.
Moreover, BPI Announced Unavailability of Services due to system enhancement that aims to provide more advanced financial services.
As cited in the report of ABS-CBN, reminders are given to BPI clients.
Scammers sometimes pretend to be bank employees and ask for a client’s One-Time PIN, online banking password, and other confidential information, BPI said.
“Don’t fall for it,” the Ayala-led lender said, as it gave the following tips:
1. Change passwords regularly. Passwords must include an uppercase letter, lowercase letter, a number, and a special character to make it harder to guess.
2. Avoid unsecured WiFi connections and shared computers when accessing e-mail or bank accounts.
3. Monitor transactions regularly.
4. Be wary of messages of websites asking for personal and confidential information. Never give confidential information such as password, one-time PIN, birthday, mother’s maiden name, account details, and other information that can be used to identify a person.
5. Ignore and delete phishing emails. If opened, never click on the embedded links.
6. Report suspicious e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.