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The "RBC Your Account has been Blocked" Phishing Scam

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The "RBC Your Account has been Blocked" Phishing Scam

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Royal Bank of Canada customers who have received email or SMS text messages like the one below, which claim their accounts have been blocked, should delete the messages. They should also not follow the instructions in the messages. This is because the messages are being sent by cybercriminals to frighten and trick potential victims into clicking on the links in them, which go to phishing websites that steal RBC Royal Bank online account credentials.

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The "RBC Your Account has been Blocked" Phishing Scam

Subject: Account usage notification (1FC)

Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:36:19 +0300

From: "RBC Royal Bank" noreply1100162722@infosecinstitute.com

User contact e-mail: ‌

Account usage notification

Your account has been blocked as required by the Canadian law , we've temporarily blocked funds usage. All users that have suspicious activity on their account will require to verify their information to prevent account misuse.

You or other authorized users can unblock your account by verifying your information. If you have already done so, please disregard this message.

Unblock account now

If you or an authorized user does not unblock the funds, the block will remain until November 1st.

To review usage, change data options and manage your notification preferences, visit RBC Online .

RBC Royal customers who have received messages claiming that they need to do some activity on their accounts, such always go directly to http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/ and sign into their accounts. Once they have signed in, they will be notified of security updates, notifications and other important notifications. So, there is no need to click on a link in an email message, which may go to a phishing or malicious website.

Also, RBC Royal customers who have already been tricked by the phishing messages, are asked to change their passwords and contact RBC Royal immediately, before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently by cybercriminals.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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