Scam Emails Impersonating Bank Pacific
Bankpacific.com published a report on 1st August, 2012 stating that they have of late received a report of fake emails which seems to be sent by Bank Pacific.
Subject line of the e-mail starts with the subject "Upgrade Your Account" and is addressed to the recipient as "Dear Bank pacific User" mentioning "Your online Banking right to use has been out of SSL data and login below to upgrade your account". The email comprises a false link for the receiver to logon to their account.
Those recipients who end up clicking on the false link are taken to a login page hosted on a third party website that has nothing to do with Bank pacific.
The Bank reports on its official website confirming the email as phishing and fraudulent in nature.
The Bank adds that they never ask its clients or others about account information or insightful personal information through telephone or insecured email.
Bank Pacific suggests all customers to be cautious of distrustful telephone calls and email messages.
The bank tells its customers that are if in any case they have responded to this deceitful email or any email of comparable nature, they should urgently call John McKinnon Bank Pacific's fulfillment and security officer at a help line number.
Disturbingly, it is phishing email scams of before mentioned nature that have lead to increase in undesirable junk email (generally called as spam).
Over the internet, officials at the bank commented that is backed by data released by German email security firm Eleven recently, as per which in the second quarter of 2012 in particular: the bottom line shows 54.8% more spam (after a slight drop of 3.7% in the first quarter of 2012).
Thus, to alleviate the chances of becoming a victim by such phishing emails, the Bank advises some simple security tips which include: firstly, emails from banks, will likely address the recipient by name, and may include other personal information. Email scams will typically contain only generic information that can apply any person (like in the aforementioned case the email addresses the receiver as "Dear Bank Pacific user". Also, scam emails contain links that could go anywhere, as in above case.
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