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The "NatWest Account Status Verification" Phishing Scam

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The "NatWest Account Status Verification" Phishing Scam

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The "NatWest Account Status Verification" email message below, which appears as if they came from the National Westminster Bank (NatWest), claiming that the recipients' identity needs to be verified because of multiple logon attempts on their NatWest Online Internet Banking Account, is a phishing scam. The phishing scam is being sent by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients' NatWest usernames, passwords, personal and financial information, by attempting to trick them into clicking on a link in it which goes to a fake/phishing NatWest website.

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The "NatWest Account Status Verification" Phishing Scam

From: NatWest Online <secure@natwset.com>

Sent: Monday, March 11, 2019 2:42 AM

Subject: NatWest: Account Status Verification

Dear Customer,

We noticed that a different computer has tried to access

your online banking but failed with wrong identity challenge during

the process. You now need to verify your Online Banking Identity.

If this is not completed on or before March 15, 2019 We will be forced to temporary suspend

your account for further verification, to avoid being used for fraudulent purpose.

Log in to Verify My Accounts

Thank you for your understanding as we work together to protect your account.

© 2019 NatWest Online Service

The link in the email message goes to the fake or phishing NatWest website, which will ask the potential victims who have clicked the link to enter their NatWest's username, password, credit, personal information and other security information needed to hijack their accounts. If the potential victims enter the information requested, it will be sent to the scammers behind the fake email and phishing website. With the potential victims' information, the scammers will be able to gain access to their accounts, sell the information to the highest bidder and further scam the victims. In this case, the NatWest customers who were tricked can end up being victims of identity theft and credit card fraud.

NatWest's customers who have unknowingly clicked on the link in the email message are asked to change their passwords immediately and contact NatWest for help. Also, NatWest customers should never click on a link in an email message or anywhere else to login or sign into their online accounts. They should instead, always go directly to www.natwest.com and sign in from there. Once they have signed in they will be notified of important notifications or updates.

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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