• Jonathan Shiek

Beware: Malaysian Scammed RM3,600 By Fake Maybank2u Website

Online crimes have been active and rampant especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Facebook user Azizul Osman has shared in a post concerning how he was scammed, precautions should be taken when browsing the web on our devices, especially when e-wallets are involved. 

The facebook post, which has gained over a thousand likes, comes both as a warning and a reminder of how the web can be used to profit off unsuspecting victims. 

A week or so ago, Azizul Osman searched “Maybank” on google and was directed to a fake imitation of the real website. Due to the identical layouts and fonts, Azizul Osman unconsciously made the mistake of typing in his username, password, and TAC number, only realizing once logged on that something was wrong. His suspicion was confirmed when he noticed RM3,600 had gone missing from his account.

When he called Maybank later, they informed him that the stolen money was transferred into a “Lazada” account and could not be reclaimed: the scammer had already used it to top up an online gaming account.

As a victim of a phishing website scam, Azizul Osman writes his story on Facebook noting for us to be careful. He writes that one should always check if the bank’s website is original before logging on. 

Here are some extra tips that Maybank has shared to help you detect phishing websites: 

  1. you receive a phone call, SMS or email asking you to provide personal/security information or TAC.

  2. a phishing email link, when clicked, will open into an un-secure login site, with its URL most likely to begin with http, instead of the secure https. The official Maybank2U site begins with the secure https.

  3. the phishing site’s URL may contain misspelled words, like “Mybank” instead of Maybank.

They have included tips on how to minimize threats of “phishing” and similar scams as well: 

  1. Do not trust any phone calls, SMS, e-mail, web and chat that requests for your personal details and identity.

  2. Never click on a URL link in an e-mail or fill out forms in e-mail messages and un-trusted websites.

  3. Go directly to your bank’s web site to access Internet Banking and manually key in the company’s web site address in the browser’s URL bar.

  4. Keep up-to-date with the latest security patches. Update your Operating System and Internet Browser with the latest patches, making sure all security and critical patches are applied. Use anti-virus software and, if possible, personal firewalls. Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date with the latest signatures.

  5. Scanning your PC regularly from a popular anti-virus web site is also recommended.

  6. Lastly, if an online money-making scheme seems too good to be true, it probably is. This generally holds true for off-line schemes as well!


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