Bank of Montreal (BMO) Account Suspension Phishing Email or Text Messages

Bank of Montreal (BMO) Account Suspension Phishing Email or Text Messages

Bank of Montreal customers who have received text or email messages claiming that their accounts have been suspended are asked not to click on the links or follow the instructions in the messages. This is because the fake messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminals to trick Bank of Montreal customers into clicking on the links in the same fake messages, which go to a phishing website that steals online account credentials and personal information.

Once the cybercriminals have received their potential victims’ online account credentials, they will gain access to their accounts, steal their money and use their accounts fraudulently.

A Sample of a Phishing Bank of Montreal (BMO) Message

Subject: Final Reminder: Message ID - 38073

From: Bank.of.Montreal.ID-38073.unsuccessful3 .LoginAttempts3@oncology.wisc .edu

Date: Fri 3/31/2017 10:24 AM

Account access temporarily suspended.

We have recently detected suspicious activity on your BMO account.

Any unsuccessful login attempts that were made recently without your

consent were logged by our security system.

As a security measure we will suspend your account access.

To avoid full online suspension, please confirm your identity within the

next 24 hours by following our secure link below:

We sent this email to:

This message has been sent by BMO-Financial-Group 2017

2851 John St, Unit 300, Markham, ON L3R 5R3

Bank of Montreal users who have received messages asking them to click on a link or visit a website in order to update, re-confirm or verify their accounts, should always go directly to and sign-in from there. Once the Bank of Montreal users have signed into their accounts, they will be notified of updates and other important changes, if there is any.

Going directly to Bank of Montreal’s website ( will prevent users or customers from becoming victims of phishing scams that steal personal information or online account credentials.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 12:20 PM by an anonymous user from: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    BMO scam that says your debit card has been suspended. They supply a link with the prompt that you can re-activate your card by clicking on it.

  • February 28, 2018 at 3:54 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "I have just received a text from (613)301-6512 saying my account has been suspended. I am obviously blocking the number but I thought I should inform you as I have a bank account, loc and MC with BMO. I am not sure how they got my cell# or if it is even a targeted message but I would like to be updated if there is any issue with my account."

  • February 28, 2018 at 3:43 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "BMO Bank of Montreal" <>

    Date: February 18, 2018 at 11:35:17 AM PST


    Subject: BMO Account temporarily suspended - [ Reference id: #7e76a3f515744ed9a6e60045d57a1d32#]

    Protect your account

    Get a higher level of protection


    Dear Valued Customer,

    Because of recent activity on your account, we've suspended your bmo online banking access for your protection.

    Note: This action was taken to protect your account and as our valued customer, we understand that the security of your account is extremely important.

    Reactivate your account


    The BMO Accounts Team"

  • November 17, 2017 at 6:22 PM by an anonymous user from: Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada

    Does anyone know if customers have been reimbursed from BMO when they fall for this?

  • November 7, 2017 at 1:18 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    " 1 (304) 836-1230

    Text Message

    Your BMOservices has been suspended for security.

    Use this link to reactivate your account. .comn


  • October 9, 2017 at 6:03 PM by an anonymous user from: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Received this today, almost clicked on it before I realized I should go to my regular log in first, then search for scams, and sure enough, it's a scam. Also, note it starts with http://, when it is a secure site it should start with https://.

    Here is the message that I have received:

    "BMO has temporarily suspended your account for security.

    Please login in order to reactivate your services


    • October 21, 2017 at 2:58 AM by an anonymous user from: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

      Received two of these messages today on my cellphone. The thing is I don't have any account with BMO.

  • September 29, 2017 at 3:40 PM by an anonymous user from: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    I have had several of these text messages, and am not even a BMO customer.

  • September 25, 2017 at 12:46 AM by an anonymous user from: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    I got a text which read:

    "BMO has suspended your account for safety. In order to reactivate your services please visit : hxxp://"

  • September 23, 2017 at 9:32 PM by info

    Received via email:

    "Hi there,

    I just received a text message from “BMO” stating my account had been suspended.

    Funny thing is, I don’t even have a BMO account!

    From: 1(780)676-2129

    BMO has suspended your account for safety. In order to reactivate your services please visit:"

  • July 10, 2017 at 2:26 PM by an anonymous user from: King, Ontario, Canada

    This happened to me. I went to the BMO directly and changed my info. Will this affect anything else on my phone or my other banking institutions?

    • July 10, 2017 at 2:39 PM by info

      No. If that was the case, your bank would have let you know.

    • July 10, 2017 at 2:39 PM by info

      No. If that was the case, your bank would have let you know.

  • May 10, 2017 at 4:31 PM by an anonymous user from: Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Just received an email regarding a transfer of $150.00 with the id code PP371-9fd8d4df-1cf68 regarding product on May 10 2017. I don't use on line banking and do all my transactions through my local branch in person or use the ATM machine. It just didn't feel right.


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