Beware of "Bank Of America Alert Online Access Suspension Message" Phishing Scams
September 29, 2016
The email message below with the subject: "Bank Of America Alert: Online Access Suspension Message," is a phishing scam disguised as a Bank of America alert. This is why Bank of America customers are advised not click on a link in an email message to sign into their online accounts, because cybercriminals are using fake email messages like the one below to trick them into visiting phishing websites that steal banking credentials, personal and financial information. It is recommended that Bank of America go directly to www.bankofamerica.com and sign into their accounts, and once they have signed in, they will be shown important notifications or alerts. Doing this, will prevent them from clicking on links in fake email messages that go to phishing websites, which will prevent cybercriminals from stealing their information and gaining access to their accounts.
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Also, Bank of America will never send their customers an email message requesting banking credentials, personal and financial information. And, they will never send an email message with an attached form requesting the same sensitive information. Therefore, Bank of America customers who have received similar email messages are asked to delete them, and should always go to www.bankofamerica.com to sign into their accounts in order not to become a victim of phishing scams.
For an extra layer of security, it is recommended that Bank of America customers turn on SafePass. Click here to learn more about SafePass.
Remember, there is "SMShing," which is like phishing but is sent via SMS text messages. There is also "Vishing," which is similar to phishing but uses the features of Voice over IP (VoIP) phones to steal personal and financial information.
The Phishing Bank of America Email Message
From: Bank Of America email@example.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 10:41 AM
Subject: Bank Of America Alert: Online Access Suspension Message
Bank of America Higher Standards
Customer using a laptop for Online Banking Online Banking Alert
Always look for your SiteKey before you enter your passcode during
Sign In »
Unlock Your Account
There are a number of invalid login attempts on your account. We had to believe that, there might be some security problems on your account. So we have decided to put an extra verification process to ensure your identity and your account security.
Please click here to continue the verification process and ensure your account security.
Confirm that you're the owner of the account, and then follow the instructions.
Confirm all information, and then access your account as normal.
Thank you for your cooperation.
(If you cannot click on the link, please move the message into the Inbox).
Because email is not a secure form of communication, please do not reply to this email.
If you have any questions about your account or need assistance, please call the phone number on your statement or go to Contact Us at www.bankofamerica.com
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