RBI Alert against frauds in the name of KYC updation

The Reserve Bank has now warned that some people are doing fraud in the name of KYC i.e. Know Your Customer. If you told someone any OTP or clicked on any fake link sent by them, then your account may become empty.

RBI tweeted, ‘Beware of messages, calls or links for KYC updation, card details, PIN or OTP’ Do not do verification.

If someone talks about doing your KYC verification through the above methods i.e. call, SMS or any link, then he can be a fraud. If there is an attempt of banking fraud with you, then you should immediately report it on https://cybercrime.gov.in.

RBI cautions against frauds in the name of KYC updation

The Reserve Bank has been receiving complaints/reports about customers falling prey to frauds being perpetrated in the name of KYC updation. The usual modus operandi in such cases include receipt of unsolicited communication, such as, calls, SMSs, emails, etc., by customer urging him/her to share certain personal details, account / login details/ card information, PIN, OTP, etc. or install some unauthorised/ unverified application for KYC updation using a link provided in the communication. Such communications are also reported to carry threats of account freeze/ block/closure. Once customer shares information over call/message/unauthorised application, fraudsters get access to customer’s account and defraud him/her.

Members of public are hereby cautioned not to share account login details, personal information, copies of KYC documents, card information, PIN, password, OTP, etc. with unidentified persons or agencies. Further, such details should not be shared through unverified/unauthorised websites or applications. In case they receive any such requests, customers are requested to get in touch with their bank/branch.

It is also clarified that while the Regulated Entities (REs) are required to undertake periodic updation of KYC, the process of periodic updation of KYC has been simplified to a large extent vide circular dated May 10, 2021. Further, vide circular dated May 5, 2021, REs have been advised that in respect of customer accounts where periodic updation of KYC is due and pending as on date, no restrictions on operations of such account shall be imposed till December 31, 2021, for this reason alone, unless warranted under instructions of any regulator/ enforcement agency/court of law, etc.

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