Risk from Mobile Applications


As communication channels are opening up and smart phones are gaining popularity, hackers are taking advantage of people forwarding messages without validating the details.

In one such instance information about a mobile app from RBI started to make the rounds only to discover that it was a fake app.

Please read RBI’s press release below:-

“It has come to the notice of the Reserve Bank of India that an app (application) is doing rounds on What’s App purportedly to facilitate checking of balance in customers’ bank accounts. The application has an RBI logo with the title ‘All Bank Balance Enquiry No’ and has listed several banks with either a mobile number or call centre number.

The Reserve Bank wishes to clarify that it has not developed any such application. Members of public are, therefore, advised to use the application, if at all, at their own risk.

Alpana Killawala Principal Chief General Manager”

Press Release : 2014-2015/2148

http://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/PressRelease/PDFs/IEPR2148RBIC0415.pdf

http://rbi.org.in/scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=33674

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