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The Police Department today advised issued a warning to the general public “to be more vigilant when using internet, especially for e-banking services and online transactions” citing rising number of cyber crimes.

The Police also advised to use a separate SIM card or a special line for web based transactions.

“Use the real website of banks when e-banking and avoid various other links which come via emails claiming to be the website of their bank,” Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

“There are emails asking information such as account details and passwords of credit and debit cards. Don’t reply to these emails. Use the official website of their bank,” SSP Rohana told a news conference today.

“People shouldn’t attach their land phone or their personal mobile phone numbers as contact details on online business websites.  Criminals may use these details later to nefarious activities like asking ransom. People can avoid this threat by using a separate SIM card for online business so they can stop using it if there was any issue,” he said.

He said the special unit established at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to look into cyber crimes had received 235 complaints related to social media.

He said the unit also received nine complaints on e-banking and 34 complaints regarding email hackings. (Lahiru Potmulla)




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  • Concerned Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:57 PM

    The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is doing such a lousy job in enhancing security of online channels for banking and credit cards. I am Sri Lankan working in the banking sector overseas and I was stunned to learn that account holders back home log into their bank accounts online without even the basic SMS authentication (OTP) and other procedures. There are many things CBSL and the government can do to to drive policy and convergence in the banking industry. Sadly they are busy trying to paint a rosy picture and deceive the public with their dubious figures and statements.

    abr Wednesday, 28 May 2014 06:49 AM

    There is a risk in any thing the need is to take necessary precautions. Not using the technology is not the solution. In a decade from now high street banks will be a thing of the past.

    ATM and cash deposit machines and online fund transfer would be standard banking practice.

    The Undertaker Wednesday, 28 May 2014 02:35 AM

    Well when you want to sit on your bums and do everything there are risks involved and you have to face. The more technology is enhanced so is the bad side of it.

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