The "NatWest Account Status Verification" Phishing Scam
From: NatWest Online firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2019 2:42 AM
Subject: NatWest: Account Status Verification
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.
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