A number of Scamicide readers have sent me copies of phishing emails that appear to come from Wells Fargo. One of them is reproduced below. 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. Copied below is a new phishing email presently being sent to unsuspecting people that appears to come from Wells Fargo. This particular one came with a Wells Fargo logo, but was sent from an email account that had no relation to Wells Fargo which is a clear indication that this is a scam. I have disarmed the link.
Dear Valued Wells Fargo Client:
Your privacy is important to us that is why we have suspended your access to your Wells Fargo Online ® because we detected a possible unauthorized attempt to sign on to your account.
Don’t worry, our security hasn’t been breached. Your account is still protected from
unusual activity. we advise you to re-verify your account to regain full access to your account.We are always concerns about our customer’s safety so
please help us recover your account.
Follow verification instructions and provide requested details.
Sign on to your Account.
ii. Make sure that you enter your account details correct after entering your details,
you added a layer of security that helps safeguard your account and sensitive information.
iii. This action is to prevent online fraud and identity theft from third parties.
Legitimate emails from your bank would include the last four digits of your account and include your name. This email had neither. Often such phishing emails originate in countries where English is not the primary language and the spelling and grammar are poor. This email has grammatical errors which would tend to indicate that it is a scam. Obviously, if you are not a Wells Fargo customer, you will recognize immediately that this is a scam. As with most phishing emails, this one attempts to lure you into clicking on the link to regain access to your account.
As with all phishing emails, two things can happen if you click on the links 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 or other institution from which the email purports to originate 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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