New development bank warns public about email scam

The New Development Bank (NDB) has warned the public about hoax emails offering financial services to unsuspecting people. The banks says that people posing as NDB employees are sending emails offering loans and assistance with opening bank accounts, among others to get access to people’s personal information. Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA – The New Development Bank (NDB) has warned about an e-mail scam in which criminals are posing as bank employees in an attempt to defraud unsuspecting individuals. 

The financial institution has stated that it is not a commercial bank and does not open accounts for individuals, provide them with loans or any form of financing. It also doesn’t ask for payments or any other favours from potential recipients of funding. 

A typical ploy scammers use is to send an e-mail or other communication that appears to come from a bank or other trustworthy source requesting personal information such as identity documents, driver’s licences, passports, payslips, addresses and contact details. 

“The New Development Bank does not send unsolicited e-mails or any other communication asking people to open a personal bank account, transfer money, or provide personal information,”NDB Director General, Africa Regional Centre (ARC), Monale Ratsoma, said. 

The bank has advised members of the public to contact police if they receive such communication.