Threat against NAB deemed a "hoax" by police

Threat against NAB deemed a "hoax" by police

Update (19 November): Following the evacuation of NAB branches, business banking centres and some commercial sites, State and Federal Police advised yesterday evening the threat against the bank was not credible and was deemed a hoax. A safe return to offices was expected this morning. 

All of National Australia Bank's (ASX: NAB) branches and a number of commercial offices have been closed today following what the bank described as a "physical security threat".

In a short statement NAB said branches would reopen and workers would be allowed to return to offices once the situation is deemed safe.

Only commercial offices co-located with branches have been closed, and ATMs have been taken offline where they are located onsite at branches.

"As always the safety and security of our customers and colleagues is our priority," NAB said.

"We are progressively sweeping our branches, business banking centres and commercial offices to ensure they are safe to return. 

"As they are deemed safe, we will advise our colleagues located in each of these they can return and locations will be progressively reopened to customers.

"We are working closely with police and will continue to provide updates when we can."

Digital banking services, including internet and mobile banking, are not affected by the closures.

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