Today’s Scam of the day is yet another phishing email that uses a popular bank as a hook to lure you into clicking on a link that will either download malware or convince you to provide personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft. Phishing emails like this 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 Regions Bank which is a bank with 1,500 branches in the South and Midwest. This particular one comes with a Regions logo, but was sent from an email account that had no relation to Regions which is a clear indication that this is a scam. Most likely the email address from which it was sent was from an email account of an innocent person whose email accounts was hacked and made a part of a botnet used to send out phishing emails. I have disarmed the link in the email to “Contact Us.” If you had hovered your mouse over the link when it was active you would have seen that the link was from an address unrelated to Regions.
Legitimate emails from your bank would include the last four digits of your account and include your name. This email had neither. Obviously, if you are not a Regions customer, you will recognize immediately that this is a scam. It is also interesting to note the spelling error at the end of the email where the word “Department” is spelled incorrectly.
Here is a copy of the email presently circulating.
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 provide 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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