As phishing emails go, the email reproduced below is very legitimate looking.  This email comes from a Scamicide reader.    The email is a scam and if you click on the links contained in the email, you will either be prompted to provide personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft or alternatively, merely by clicking on the link, you will download keystroke logging malware that will steal your personal information from your computer or smartphone and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.  I have deleted the links.  The logo found on the email is a good copy, but it is important to remember that it is a simple matter to counterfeit a logo.  One indication that it is a scam is that the salutation is directed to “Dear SunTrust Client” rather than being directed to the person receiving the email by name.  The email also does not provide an account number which is another indication that it is a scam.   For the most part the grammar is good, but there are some striking grammatical errors, which often are an indication that the email was written by someone whose primary language is not English.  Yet another indication that this is a phony phishing email is that the email address of the sender has no relation to Sun Trust.  As with all phishing emails the intention is to scare you into responding to a purported emergency.

Here is a copy of the email.


Dear SunTrust Client,

You Have new security message notifications from SunTrust Bank
For security reason. A Temporary Hold was Placed on Your Account due to Incomplete Review.

Click   www.****.com  to read your Message notification.

Upon logging in, you may be asked to confirm your identity

We appreciate your business and are committed to helping you reach your financial goals. Visit ******.com,  or stop by your local branch to learn more about our helpful products and services.

Thank you for banking with SunTrust.

SunTrust Customer Care

SunTrust Bank, Member FDIC. ©2020 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust is a federally registered service mark of SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Client Commitment: SunTrust will never send unsolicited emails asking clients to provide, update or verify their personal or account information, such as passwords, Social Security numbers, personal identification numbers (PINs), credit or Check Card numbers or other confidential information. As always, SunTrust respects your privacy. To learn more, Visit ****.com/privacy

This email was sent on behalf of SunTrust Customer Care, 1575 Lemon Farris Road, Cookeville, TN 38506.



Although this email looks legitimate it is important to remember that your bank is not going to ask you to confirm your personal and account information, however an identity thief will.  In addition, emails from your bank to you will come addressed to you by name rather than generically as “Dear Client.”  Finally, you should never click on any link in an email or text message or provide information in response to an email, phone call or text message until you have confirmed that it is legitimate and the only way to do this if you receive such an email is to contact the company by phone at a number that you know is accurate to find out for yourself whether or not the communication is a scam.  Trust me, you can’t trust anyone.

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