The phishing email that makes up today’s Scam of the day is  very well crafted.  It was sent to me by a Scamicide reader and her first name appeared in the phishing email making it appear legitimate.  For privacy purposes I have crossed out the Scamicide reader’s name.    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 the email is a scam is that it does not provide an account number.   Unlike many phishing emails that may originate in foreign countries where English is not the primary language, this phishing email does not have any glaring spelling or grammatical errors.  As with all phishing emails the intention is to scare you into responding to a purported emergency.

Here is a copy of the email.

BB&T Logo BB&T Client Protection Logo
Name: ********
An Update on Your Online Profile
This is an automated message. Please do not reply directly to this email.
Rebecca: Online Banking Account Locked
Date: 06/08/2020
Time: 09:31 AM EST
Profile Change: Account Locked
As a security measure, your online account has been locked because of too many unsuccessful login attempts. To reset your password, select the Forgot your Password? link on the logon screen.
Services | Privacy & Security | Legal | Fraud
Questions?
Please do not reply to this email. For assistance, please visit our Contact Us page or call 888-BBT-ONLINE (888-228-6654)
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TIPS
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.   Most importantly to avoid a wide variety of scams, 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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