The email message below with the subject: "Online Bvn Notification," is a phishing scam and was not sent by FirstBank. The email message was designed to steal the recipients' FirstBank usernames, passwords, personal and financial information, by attempting to trick them into clicking on a link in it, which will take them to a fake FirstBank website.
The Fake or Phishing FirstBank Email Message
Subject: Online Bvn Notification
Dear Valued Customer,
This is to bring to your notice that your remote access will be blocked in 48hours due to irregular activities and you have not complete our validation exercise, First Bank have upgraded FirstOnline website to enable customers meet up with the new security measure put in place by the CBN
All Information must be filled correctly, Failure to comply will lead to account deactivation. Move this message to your inbox if found in spam or junk to enable you access our website below.
Starting Date: 13 November 2014
Requirement: You are needed to update your personal and security information, the final process will take place in any of our branches.
Click Here To Start
https://www. 1stbanknigeria-online.com/FBN/ Biometric-Registration
Thank you for banking with FirstBank
For enquiries on FirstBank products and services, please call 0700FIRSTCONTACT (0700-34778-2668228), 01-4485500, 0708-062-5000 or email: FirstContact@firstbanknigeria.com
The link in the email message goes to the fake or phishing FirstBank website:
which will ask the potential victims who clicked the link, to enter their FirstBank's username, password, credit, personal information and other security information, needed to hijack their accounts.
If the potential victims enter the information requested, it will be sent to the scammers behind the fake email and phishing website.
With the potential victims information, thee scammers will be able to gain access to their accounts, sell the information to the highest bidder and further scam the victims.in this case, the FirstBank customers can end up being victims of identity theft and credit card fraud.
If you unknowingly clicked on the link in the email message, please change your FirstBank's password immediately and contact them.
Never click on a link in an email message or anywhere else to login or sign into your online accounts. Always go directly to the website by typing the name of the website into your web browser's address bar.
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