The email message below: "HSBC Safeguard - Important Notice," is a fake and phishing email message sent by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into clicking on a phishing link within it. The link in the fake email message goes to a fake HSBC website created by cyber-criminals, to steal their potential victims' information, by tricking them into signing in with their user name and password, and submitting their personal and financial information. Once the cyber-criminals have received their victims' information, they will use the same information to hijack their accounts and steal their money.
Victims of the phishing scam are asked to contact HSBC Bank immediately. And, HSBC customers are advised not to click on links in email messages to sign into their accounts. They should instead, go direct to HSBC's website and sign in from there. If there is something that they need to do with their accounts, they will be notified.
The Phishing HSBC Safeguard Bank Email Message
From: "HSBC Customer Team" email@example.com
Subject: HSBC Safeguard - Important Notice
Date: 8 February 2017 at 18:00:24 GMT
Please note that starting from February 15th, 2017 we will be introducing new online banking authentication procedures in order to safeguard the information of our customers.
As part of these new procedures we will be implementing our two step authentication feature this will prevent unauthorised access to your account. In order for us to launch these new features we require you to validate your account information by clicking the link below
Please note: Failure to comply with this request can lead to temporary suspension of access to our online banking service.
HSBC Customer Support Team