Here is another good example of a phishing email that is presently being circulated. This particular phishing email was sent to us by a Scamicide subscriber. It makes for compelling reading, but it is a scam. Phishing emails, by which scammers and identity thieves attempt to lure you into either clicking on links contained within the email which will download malware or providing personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft, are nothing new. They are a staple of identity thieves and scammers and with good reason because they work. As always, they lure you by making it appear that there is an emergency that requires your immediate attention or else dire consequences will occur. This email appears to come from Bank of America. There are a number of indications that it is a scam including the fact that it is not directed to you by name, does not indicate an account number, contains grammatical errors and, most notably is sent from an email address that has no relationship whatsoever to the Bank of America. In the instances of security I have disabled the link.
From: Bank of America Online® Services Fraud <email@example.com>
Date: July 18, 2020 at 2:36:24 PM EDT
Subject: Suspicious Activity
We noticed unusual activities of multiple use of incorrect login details.
For your security, we have restricted your account activities.
To restore your account and continue the use of our banking services,
Click here to access your account.
Before proceeding, Kindly make sure your debit or credit card is within your reach
As you will be mandated to verify your card details
Please do not reply to this email
Bank of America Online Customer Service.
Copyright © 2020 Bank 0f America, Inc. All Right Reserved.
Legitimate emails from your bank would include the last four digits of your account. As with all phishing emails, two things can happen if you click on the link provided. Either you will be sent to a legitimate looking, but phony webpage where you will be prompted to input personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft or, even worse, merely by clicking on the link, you will download keystroke logging malware that will steal all of your personal information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft. If you receive an email like this and think it may possibly be legitimate, merely call your bank at a telephone number that you know is accurate and you will be able to confirm that it is a scam.
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