"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams

Wells Fargo Bank customers who have received email security notification messages like the one below claiming that their Wells Fargo online accounts have been accessed from an unauthorized computer, are asked to delete the email messages and should not to follow the instructions in them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams sent by cyber criminals to steal Wells Fargo Bank customers' account credentials, personal and financial information. Once the cybercriminals have received the stolen credentials, personal and financial information, they will gain access to their victims' accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.

Wells Fargo Account Security Notification Phishing Scams

Sample of a "Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scam

From: Wells Fargo Online <wellsfargo_connects@online.wellsfargo.com>

Date: Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Subject: Your Account Security Notification

Dear Wells Fargo Customer,

We recently reviewed your account, and we are suspecting that your Wells Fargo account may have been accessed from an unauthorized computer.

This may be due to changes in your IP address or location. Protecting the security of your account and of the Wells Fargo network is our primary concern.

We are asking you to immediately login and report any unauthorized withdrawals, and check your account profile to make sure no changes have been made.

To protect your account please follow the instructions below:


Please Download the Attachment file of your Wells Fargo Online Verification and Open on on a browser to complete your account verification process:

Verify the information you entered is correct.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your support in helping us maintaining the integrity of the entire Wells Fargo System. Please verify your account as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Wells Fargo Security Advisor.

Copyright © 1999 - 2017 Wells Fargo. All rights reserved.

Wells Fargo Bank customers should never click on a link to sign into their online accounts or complete an attached form that request personal information, financial information or account credentials. They should always go directly to https://www.wellsfargo.com/ and sign into their accounts from there. Once they have signed in, they will be notified of changes or updates that need to be done to their accounts, if there is any.

Wells Fargo Bank customers who have already been tricked by the phishing email messages should change their passwords and contact Wells Fargo Bank immediately for help.

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February 8, 2020 at 8:49 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Clearwater, Florida, United States

Is alerts@notify.wellsfargo.com a valid Wells Fargo email address?


February 8, 2020 at 9:23 AM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams

It appears so, but you cannot rely on the email address because it can be spoofed. The cybercriminals can change the "From:" to make the email appear as if it came from Wells Fargo when it as actually sent from their email account.


November 21, 2019 at 4:29 PM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Ormond Beach, Florida, United States

Received this text this afternoon.

From 410-200-705

Wells Fargo Support & Security

MSG: The Withdrawal of money from ATM- San Francisco, CA 94103,

Was this you?



August 4, 2019 at 5:09 AM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams

"I am getting suspicious texts from what appears to be from Wells Fargo. This is not the first time I have received texts or emails from Wells Fargo, but I have never notified anyone about it. We have not had a Wells Fargo account in 20 years, so I have no idea why they are singling us out.

The suspicious text number is from:

1 (410) 100-003

The strange thing is, that this is also the number that our Vet Pharmacy uses to let us know when our dogs prescription is ready.

Here is a copy of the exact text they sent:

FRM:Wells F. Alerts

MSG:An amount of money was withdrawn from the account today

Verify identity: hxxp://suspiciouswellsaccount.live"

Received via email.


June 26, 2019 at 10:17 PM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: San Antonio, Texas, United States

I just found out last night my card had been fraudulently used; its my child support car, they had stolen over 600 dollars.

I dont know how but I talked to an agent. I have lupus so we really depend on this money. I'm so heartbroken they said they were sending me a new card and paperwork about these crazy transactions.

Thank u so much CristI Garcia.


May 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: San Antonio, Texas, United States

I just received the following email:

"Secure Your Account

We're letting you know that we've detected some unusual activity on your Wellsfargo account. For your protection, we need you to verify your identity immediately. After verifying your account, we'll take the necessary steps to protect your account from fraud. If you don't verify your account, certain limitations may be placed on your account.

Secure Now

Your security is our top priority

Thank you for choosing Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo Online Customer Service

wellsfargo.com | Fraud Information Center

Please do not reply to this email directly."


April 1, 2019 at 3:11 PM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams

Here is another scam:

"From: Wells Fargo Alert <att-services.cn.1523242746@emailff.att-mail.com>

Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:51 PM

Subject: Wells Fargo online important security alert

Dear Customer,

We're sorry - We suspended your access to your account because of recent activity on your account.

We need your help resolving this issue, and for your safety, we have temporarily limited what you can do with your account until you take action.

What do I need to do?

Log in to your account and complete the steps required to re-secure your account.

Click Here For Online verification:"


October 10, 2018 at 10:54 AM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams

Received this message:



MSG:Your Account has been suspended. To Restore Go To: hxxp://ci2mz.com/sd

From this number today:

1 (410) 100-023"


September 2, 2018 at 7:19 PM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Greenville, South Carolina, United States

About 20 min. Ago i tried to use my debit card and it was declined. I tried again and it was declined.

I tried another card and it was declined. Then the phone rang and i read wells fargo on the phone.

A recorded voice informed me that wells fargo had observed suspicious activity on my card.

They then asked for my zip code. I did not respond and they finally said that they would call back in a few minutes. No call as of now.


August 3, 2018 at 11:34 AM by
"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams

Here is a scam receive via SMS:


MSG:Danger of Security Breach! Text Message Confirmation Needed: hxxp://Oregon-WF-Bank-confirmation.or-authenticate.xyz/auth/ ."


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Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

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How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts — they haven’t
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  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

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By alerting the public, we have prevented a lot of online users from getting scammed or becoming victims of cybercrimes.

With the ever-increasing number of people going online, it important to have a community like OTA that continuously alerts or protects those same people from cyber-criminals, scammers and hackers, who are every day finding new ways of carrying out their malicious activities.

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"Wells Fargo Account Security Notification" Phishing Scams