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SMS overnight deposit. The Ministry of Finance warns against fraudsters pretending to be banks

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The Ministry of Finance warns against a new method of impersonating banks. Criminals send SMS with information about “overnight deposit”.

The representatives of the Ministry of Finance indicated in the announcement that “cybercriminals send SMS messages claiming to be one of the big banks”. The ministry did not provide the name of the bank, but a warning against such actions by fraudsters in recent days published by ING Bank Śląski.

SMS about overnight deposit – the Ministry of Finance warns

As the ministry explained, the SMS messages concern the alleged takeover of bank funds by the Ministry of Finance. “Fraudsters refer to the alleged order of the Minister of Finance to seize a large part of the balances from ROR accounts. They argue that in order to avoid this, it is necessary to transfer money to the ‘overnight deposit’ as soon as possible and provide the account number” – reads the Ministry of Finance’s statement.

“We warn against this method of fraud and the loss of money transferred to the ‘overnight deposit'” – added the representatives of the ministry.

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The cybersecurity team at the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF CSIRT) also warned against this method of fraud. “Cyber ​​criminals send SMSes claiming to be @ING__Polska bank. The text of the text says about @MF_GOV_PL taking over bank funds, and the only chance to save money is a fake – ‘overnight deposit'” – we could read in the Twitter post.


This is another warning against scammers. Last week BPS Bank reportedthat cyber criminals are pretending to be a bank and send e-mails with alleged confirmation of the transfer. Earlier Getin Bank’s clients were warned against fraudsters by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority’s CSIRT team. As reported, cyber criminals prepared a fake login panel.

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