NHIA warns public against scam text messages

  • By Lin Hui-chin and Liu Tzu-hsuan/staff reporter, with a staff writer

The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) on Saturday warned the public against scam text messages asking for personal information, bank account numbers and passwords to renew National Health Insurance (NHI) cards .

People have reported receiving text messages in the name of NHIA that contain links to fake health record pages requesting information to verify devices, said Chen Tzu-yu (陳孜瑜), an NHIA associate researcher.

Chen said the health record, which is available on the NHIA app and its website, would never ask users for banking information.

Since Wednesday last week, the app has been downloaded 1,696 times and 8.01 million people are using the health record, NHIA chief executive Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) said.

People should be careful not to fall for the fake booklet, as the design and color resemble the official ones, he said.

Scammers are constantly using new schemes, like this one, to obtain personal information or money, the NHIA said.

Other tactics include pretending to be NHIA personnel telling people their NHI cards have been stolen and used by others, or have been locked because abnormal activity has been detected, he said. .

Separately, MOS Burger said on Saturday that it would never ask customers for their bank and credit card information over the phone to top up their credit cards online or to use ATMs to reverse payments or change methods. of payment.

The fast-food chain released the statement after receiving reports from some customers alleging that an unknown person claiming to be an employee of MOS Burger requested their credit card information to top up their accounts with the prize money. he had just won.

People should be alert to fraudulent phone calls and should never provide financial information when receiving suspicious phone calls or text messages, he added.

Additional reporting by Yang Ya-min

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

Comments are closed.