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Bank Phishing Email Examples

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Some of the most common phishing emails that people receive are emails from banks informing their customers that their accounts needs to be updated or verifed or that a credit card has been approved. Often times, these emails use legitatimate looking logos, but do not be FOOLED. Banks will never ask you for personal information regarding your password or PIN. Please be wary of emails that asks you for these things. Most likely, it is a phishing email. 

NEVER CLICK ON A LINK if the email seems to be suspicious. Usually, the link will take you a bogus website designed to look like the actual bank website. You can always roll over the link to see where it will take you (check the bottom of your browser). If you are still in doubt, call your bank.

In this post, there are three examples of bank phishing emails (go to this blog post and click thumbnails to expand images):

  • Nigeria Republic Branch: This email is suspicious because an ATM card was approved even though you didn't apply for one. Also, pay attention to the name of the bank. 
  • NetBank: Be wary of links. Again, NEVER CLICK ON LINKS. Go to the actual website if you need to sign in. 
  • Wellsfargo: The logo makes it seem like it's the actual bank emailing you. But it's not. Similar looking emails will have some sort of link for you to click on to verify your account. DO NOT CLICK IT. If you must sign in, open a new tab and go to the bank's official webpage first.  

For your convenience, we have boxed or underlined the parts of these phishing examples that you should always look out for.

 

 

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