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Phishing E-mail Supposedly from BoA Targeting Internauts, Caution Researchers

Security researchers warn about fake e-mails that posing as communication from Charlotte, North Carolina, US headquartered Bank of America dupe end-users into giving away personal as well as other financial information, thus published softpedia.com dated January 20, 2014.

Bearing a caption "Bank of America Alert: That's New Required Verification Process From Bank of America Alert," the bogus e-mails notify that for making sure any required delivery, user needs to include in his address book the id onlinebanking@ealerts.bankofamerica.com. The e-mails cite an "ONLINE BANKING ALERT," and remind the user to forever see if his SiteKeyA® is visible prior to keying in his Passcode.

Specifically, the e-mails, addressing the BANK OF AMERICA client, asks the recipient to check the mentioned instructions for safeguarding his account from misuse as the review team of the bank recently found unusual operations on his debit card, issued from BoA, on 12th January 2014.

However, the given web-link instead of leading onto the real Bank of America site takes onto one malevolent phishing page impersonating BoA. Here, users must provide their Internet username, passcode, credit card and banking details, social security number, driver's license code and much more information, as per the instructions on the page.

Peculiarly, the page's getup has been so done that it seems seeking confirmation of the information the user has provided.

It's thus advisable that anyone receiving a BoA e-mail that looks suspicious should exercise caution. Typically, when an e-mail directs for supplying one's financial or other personal information, there's a possibility that cyber-criminals have targeted him.

Meanwhile, anybody who has been victimized with the above scam, should reset his passwords while communicate with the bank instantly. The person must as well request for an ID-theft protection mechanism as the cyber-criminals after getting the information provided may exploit it for different unlawful purposes.

It maybe noted that Bank of America was targeted in a phishing scam online in the same month -January 2014, when junk e-mails emerged from the bank with the title "Irregular Activity," during the 1st-week of the month, informing the reader about unusual operation getting detected on his A/C, January 4, 2014.

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