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
From: "BMO ® Credit Card" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 4:55pm
Subject: ** Temporary Account Suspension
** Temporary Account Suspension:
Your BMO MasterCard/Online baking account has been temporarily blocked due to multiple failed login or activation attempts.
This action was taken to protect your account and as our customer, we
understand that the security of your account is extremely important.
Please click the link below to reactivate your account.
If you are having problems reactivating your account, please contact customer care on: 1 800 263-2263
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 https://www.bmo.com/ 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 (www.bmo.com) will prevent users or customers from becoming victims of phishing scams that steal personal information or online account credentials.