For added security: PNB removes clickable links in text, email notifications

Amid the proliferation of online scams, bilyonaryo Lucio Tan’s Philippine National Bank (PNB) announced that it will no longer include hyperlinks in the text messages and emails sent to clients.

The listed lender changed the format of its notifications to make clients less vulnerable to hackers.

“PNB will no longer send clickable links via email and SMS. Don’t click links for your security,” the bank said in an advisory. “Make sure to confirm the source of each message and block numbers that you think are suspicious.”

This change comes at the height of spam text messages sent to mobile users that come with online links supposedly to claim raffle prizes or avail of a job offer.

The links sometimes lead to a spoof or fake bank website to fool depositors into keying in their account details for hackers to use to access their online profiles and wipe out their money.