The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has started warning the account holders against fraud, as it has started crediting interest to its 6 crore holders.
There are scammers who may call you and act as the EPFO officials. These scammers may ask you your personal details like Aadhaar card number, PAN card number or even UAN (Universal Account Number), its password or an OTP to withdraw money from your EPF account.
The EPFO has therefore requested all account holders to not share such details with anyone on phone or email as this could be trap for them to scam them.
“EPFO never asks you to share your personal details like Aadhaar, PAN card, UAN or bank details over phone. EPFO never calls any member or subscriber to deposit any amount in any bank. Please do not respond to such fake calls,” EPFO says on its website and Twitter handle.
The EPFO also said that they would never ask the account holders to share personal details or to deposit any amount in the bank. “Don’t disclose your personal information over the phone,” EPFO said.
Such details if shared would help the hackers to login into your EPF account breaking the security. Most of the time, such hackers target the employees who have recently transferred their job as they still have to transfer their old PF balance to the new account.
This is not the first time when hackers are active to scam. In the past too, many cases were found where hackers have stole money by withdrawing it from the EPF account of the users.