The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has clarified that a viral message about a RM6,000 incentive is a scam
The message, which is written in Bahasa Malaysia, claims members who worked between the years of 1990 to 2018 are eligible for a RM6,000 incentive from EPF.
The message encourages members to check if their names are listed among those who are eligible by clicking on an attached link which takes users to a fake website that looks similar to EPF's official website.
EPF believes the message is an attempt to phish for members' personal details through the fake website
For members to check if they are eligible for the "incentive", they are required to fill in a survey and further spread the message on WhatsApp.
In their media statement, EPF stated that they believe the message is intended to "phish for members' personal data for fraudulent purposes".
EPF also urged members "not to respond to such surveys nor provide their
personal data to any unverified third party" and to stop the spread of the message.
EPF also advises members to contact them through official channels for whenever they come across such messages
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has a dedicated website to educate the public on phishing attempts
According to MCMC, phishing is a "a fraudulent attempt, usually made through email, to trick you to reveal your credentials to the attacker".
MCMC advises members of the public to protect themselves from a phishing attack by practising the following:
- Avoid providing personal information when responding to an unsolicited request.
- If you are convinced that the contact is legitimate, initiate your own communication with the financial institution’s official contact to find out.
- Never provide your password over unsolicited and unverified communication channels.
- Always review your account statements regularly to spot any unauthorised activities.
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