Central bank assures panicked depositors

By Dat Nguyen   October 7, 2022 | 07:27 pm PT
Central bank assures panicked depositors
Customers and staff are seen at an office of SCB in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of SCB
The central bank had to intervene to prevent a run on Saigon Commercial Bank.

After SCB’s branches were filled with customers who wanted to either withdraw their deposits or inquire about their safety Friday afternoon, the State Bank of Vietnam publicly assured that the lender’s operations remained normal.

Some customers said they could not make transfers on the bank's app Friday afternoon, but the problem was resolved soon.

The central bank said in a press release Saturday that it is monitoring the situation to ensure the bank operates normally and would "guarantee the rights" of depositors.

"Customers should not withdraw their money before maturity."

SCB is the largest private bank in terms of assets and among the five largest with over VND760 trillion as of the end of the second quarter.

It has been offering high deposit interest rates for years. The rate is now 7.3% for a 12-month term.

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