Bank of America Target of Phishing E-mail
Accountholders with Bank of America are being urged for being vigilant nowadays of one fresh phishing e-mail, published softpedia.com dated April 23, 2012.
Displaying a header, "Bank of America Warning: Error Statement," recipients of the fake electronic mail are advised for conducting one "routine account update."
There's also a web-link embedded on the e-mail that leads onto one spoofed BOA website asking users to enter personal banking login credentials. But, upon doing so, a supposed process of verification begins. Thereafter another request to the user is made for entering additional secret information, which the scammers very likely will use in illegal operations.
Needless to say, the extremely craftily-prepared phishing e-mail along with its website easily ensnares the victim within the cyber-criminals' ploy incase he doesn't exercise caution.
E-mails of the above kind that don't have any visible indications of fraud may've other signs reflecting their hidden malicious intent. For e.g. fraudsters may refer to the e-mail readers as "Dear Sir/Madam," or "Dear Customer" rather than use their name in addressing them. But, a genuine financial institution like a bank would certainly be aware of the person's name it'd send an e-mail.
As for the current craftily-created phishing e-mail it's so meticulous compared to other similar assaults that it may deceive some bank clients if not more into giving away everything asked of them.
Notably, similar to several more financial institutions, cyber-criminals have repeatedly aimed at BOA customers. Hence, it's advisable that e-mail recipients remain extremely vigilant about any electronic mail, which poses as a message from their institutions of finance, while asserts that the user should follow one given web-link alternatively, view an attachment for providing personal information like their login details. For, such institutions will rarely-ever solicit any private information from their customers over e-mail.
Eventually, a likewise phishing scam targeted HSBC Bank recently. During the 2nd-week of April 2012, one fake e-mail targeted the accountholders, alerting them about suspension of their account owing to an unknown source attempting at accessing it but not being able to. The bank's suspension of the account was for safeguarding the customer, the message asserted.
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