"Your account has been suspended": did you receive a message from Bit?
This could be a scam
Did you recently receive an SMS informing you that your Bit account has been temporarily suspended?
This is a scam - and you should not click on the attached link and provide credit information.
Bank Hapoalim in response: "We urge the public to exercise extra caution and not to provide personal details"
Yanon ben Shoshan
Monday, October 03, 2022, 13:51 Updated: 14:28
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Caution, they can steal your money:
a fake SMS message allegedly sent on behalf of the payment service Bit (bit) has been received in recent days on the phones of Israelis.
The message reads "Your account has been temporarily suspended", and the recipients are asked to type in credit card information on an impersonating website in order to "activate the account".
The message was indeed sent from an Israeli number and is worded in standard Hebrew, which gives it some credibility.
But what should trigger a warning light is the attached link.
You should always pay attention to the domain you were sent to if you clicked on the attached link, since as in the current case, it does not look like a Bit link in any way (/avadaagency.com).
"As a general rule, the recommendation is to never click on links that come in a text message. The reason for the sweeping recommendation is that it is very easy to fake the sender's number so that the end user will see that it is a message coming from a legitimate sender," says May Brooks-Kempler, cyber expert and founder of the "Safe Online" community on Facebook.
"If you received a message from a service you are using, it is recommended to proactively log into the application or search for the service in the browser, and check in the personal area if there are any messages."
The message impersonating Bit (photo: screenshot)
Bank Hapoalim stated:
"In recent days, we have witnessed phishing attempts in which parties impersonating the Bit application contact the general public in text messages and through them try to obtain personal details, including social security number, phone number and credit card details. We emphasize that this is not an application on behalf of the Bit application and/or from Bank Hapoalim. We call on the public to exercise extra caution and not to provide personal details in these types of inquiries. We reiterate that accounts and websites must only be accessed through the official application or official website and not through links sent in messages."
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