BEWARE – Important Message from InterSwitch


For 1-minute, I thought the above was genuine. Not that I would have responded to the email, but I just thought InterSwitch was indeed sending an apology/notice to its customers, because of the numerous funny emails traveling around the net.


If the above isn’t clear, heres the message:

from InterSwitch Nigeria Ltd <>
date Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 2:44 AM
subject IMPORTANT-Mesaage From InterSwitch

hide details Apr 23 (4 days ago) Reply

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information.  Learn more

Dear Interswitch Card Holder,

During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures with affiliated banks(below), we have detected a slight error in your account information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address).
2. Multiple failed attempts on online shopping websites.
3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors.
Please update and verify your information by clicking the link below:

If your account information is not updated within 48 hours then your ability to access your account will become restricted.
Note: Card Number (printed on card issued by bank) and Pin are numeric.

Refer to your Debit and/or Cash Cards.

Thank you for choosing, Interswitch.

The funny thing, and which got me suspicious is that I got this e-mail in my other email address which I don’t use for credit alert purposes in my bank.

This is the URL(


A domain-check shows that the indeed belongs to interswitch. Hitting up InterSwitch’s URL:, here’s their notice and disclaimer:


Now, as much as Nigerians use their brains for the ‘baddest’ things, I wonder why up till now, InterSwitch has not done anything to curb the activities of their impersonators – at least online.

One grouse I have with the way Nigeria’s banking / ATM bruhaha is the way things are technically setup. With InterSwitch as the middle man, a compromise in their network spells doom for the entire Nigerian banking system.

With the way things are going, the truth is whenever InterSwitch chooses to send an official notice/email, we might as well conclude it is false.



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  2. Hiya,

    I have seen many of these messages myself.

    Yahoo and Hotmail obviously support this free flow of information.I would think it would be difficult to stop pranksters from using it, but I did hear that Interswitch actively takes down the sites, and have checked my box several times since then and found this to be true.

    Also they did run online awareness campaigns on google, facebook, hotmail and Yahoo warning persons who receive such mail to delete the requests immediately.

    Any other suggestions ?


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