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** Email notices sent using the Bank of Israel name

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** In recent days, citizens have been receiving email messages that appear to have been sent from the Bank of Israel.

The notices request that the addressees send personal details and credit card information to certain addresses, claiming that there was a problem with the credit card’s servers.

The notices are sent from an address that appears to be that of the Bank of Israel. In previous cases, similar notices even contained a link to a site that appeared similar to that of the Bank of Israel.

** It is important to note that the Bank of Israel (which does not maintain accounts for individuals) does not send notices requesting personal details, and certainly not credit card information.

** The public is requested to increase its alertness. Do not send personal or classified information.

The Zahav (RTGS) System :
** The Zahav system (a Hebrew acronym for Real Time Credits and Transfers), which was launched in Israel at the end of July 2007, is an RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) system that operates in most of the world’s countries (both the developed and the developing countries).

** The Zahav system is an advanced system for the real-time, final, efficient and reliable settlement of shekel payments in Israel. The system operates in parallel with the regular settlement method, in which the transactions that are transferred via the clearing house are not final in the course of the business day. Payment instructions transferred in the Zahav system however, are carried out immediately, and are final once they are carried out.

** The system guarantees those using it a rapid and secure discharge of payments at any given moment: The settlement operation is carried out within just a few minutes, cannot be canceled, and the recipient of the payment can use it immediately, without being exposed to risks.

Advantages of Using the Zahav (RTGS) System :
Immediacy :
** The payment is conducted immediately. The recipient of the payment is able to use the money within minutes from the time when the payment is conducted (excluding exceptional cases).

Finality : The payment is final and irrivocable.

In order to transfer a payment in the Zahav system, you must act as follows :
1. Obtain from the beneficiary his Zahav number (IBAN). The IBAN is an international code that is used for identifying bank accounts. It is comprised, inter alia, of the bank code, the branch number and the customer’s account number. Part of the banks present the Zahav number in the account printouts that are sent to the customer and also enable the customer to obtain this number by the Internet, by phone or by ATM.

2. Contact the bank in which your shekel account is managed. Ask to carry out a transfer in the Zahav system (This is usually also available as an online service).

3. The operation involves a commission fee, which is determined by each bank. For information on the commission fee, contact the bank from which the transfer is to be made.

About Us :
‚ÄčThe Bank of Israel is the central bank of the State of Israel. The Bank was established in 1954. It is situated in Kiryat Ben Gurion in Jerusalem, close to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), the Supreme Court, and government ministries.

The Bank has a branch in Tel Aviv (on Lillienblum Street), and there is also an extension of the Banking Supervision Department in Tel Aviv (on Yavneh Street). The Bank is independent, and its objectives and operating methods are specified in the Bank of Israel Law, 5770-2010.

Its objectives are to maintain price stability, to support the Government’s objectives. especially growth and employment, and to support the stability of the financial system.

Contact Us :
The Bank of Israel,
3 Kiryat Hamada St (Building D, 12th floor)
Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem

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