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Beware of "Bank of America Activity Alert" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Bank of America Activity Alert" Phishing Scams

The email message activity alert below, which appears as if it came from Bank of America (BOA) is a phishing scam that is being sent to potential victims by cyber criminals. The phishing email has been created by cyber criminals to steal Bank of America customers' username, password, personal and financial information. This is done by attempting to frighten and trick potential victims into opening the attached phishing HTML form and submitting their information via it, which will be sent to the cyber-criminals responsible for the phishing scam. And, once the cyber criminals have received the stolen information, they use it to gain access to their potential victims' BOA accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.

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Sample of a "Bank of America Activity Alert" Phishing Scam

From: Bank@BofAmerica-activity.com

Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 1:27 PM

Subject: Bank of America: Activity Alert

Attachment: BankofAmerica_Form.html

Dear Bank of America customer,

Your account may have been accessed from different location.

This may be due to changes in your IP address or location.

Protecting the security of our customers is our primary concern.

Please download the attached form, open, and fill it up in order to confirm your identity.

At Bank of America, we are serious about protecting our customers from fraud.

That's why we take these steps whenever we notice any unusual account activity.

Thank you,

Bank of America Customer Service.

Copyright 2017 Bank of America. All rights reserved.

Bank of America (BofA) customers should not open the attachment or follow the instructions in the email message. This is because the attachment is a phishing Bank of America HTML form that sends the information entered on it to cybercriminals, who will use the stolen information to hijack their victims' accounts and use them fraudulently. Also, Bank of America will never send an email message with an attached form requesting account credentials, personal or financial information.

Bank of America customers who have received email messages like the one above, they should go directly to Bank of America's website at https://www.bankofamerica.com/ and sign into their accounts from there, instead of clicking on a link in the email messages. If there is something wrong with or something that needs to be done their Bank of America accounts, it will be shown to them after signing in.

Bank of America (BOA) customers who have been tricked and have already submitted their information via the fake form, should immediately attempt to change their BOA account passwords and contact Bank of America for help.

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  • Posted: Jan 19, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "BOA Security Alert!

    Bank of America Higher Standards Online Banking Dear Value Customer, During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error in your billing information. This might be due to either of the following reasons:

    1. A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address).

    2. Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.

    3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors. Please update and verify your information by clicking the link below: https://update.bankofamerica.com/

    If your account information is not updated within 24 hours then your ability to access your account will become restricted. Thank you The Bank of America Billing Deptartment . Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing LenderEqual Housing Lender © 2018 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners."

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  • Posted: Jul 25, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

    I received this obvious phishing expedition today (7/25/2017):

    "Activity Alert

    You have a new Message

    xxxxx@hotmail.com,

    We're letting you know that our security system has detected invalid information on your account.

    Due to this we had to suspend your online access and freeze your funds.

    Please go to the Verification Center on our website to verify your account

    After successful verification you will be able to use your account as usual.

    Failure to verify your details today may result in permanent account suspension

    This alert is in reference to an open account you have on file with us. The e-mail listed in this alert is for verification purposes only.
    Alert date: 07/24/2017
    Claim number: 7736277047

    We're here to help. If you have questions, contact us online or call the number on the back of your credit or debit card.

    [Note: The sender's email address was a dead giveaway "BOA Bank of America {msgid-is-126di.12@msg-BOA.1262621182.cbs46.com}"

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