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SMS On ‘Deactivated ATM Cards’ Causes Panic Among Bank Customers

Posted: Aug 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A short messaging service (SMS) message warning recipients that their automated teller machine (ATM) cards had been deactivated is causing panic among bank customers in Asaba, Delta State.

The text message, sent by via the telephone number: +2348148868741, read: “Dear Customer, due to system upgrade, your ATM card has been deactivated. To reactivate, call Mr. John on 08107787507.”

Mrs. Cynthia Okoh, one of those who received the text message, told Independent: “I called the telephone number severally before it was picked and I was told to provide my account details, including the 16-digit number on my ATM card.”

Mr. Harry Ideh, another bank customer who got the message, said he immediately went to his bank, which denied sending the SMS. “I decided to get to the bank as fast as my legs could carry me that I didn’t remember to try my card at the ATM first but I was happy I forgot to call the dubious line,” he said.