Fifth Third Bank customers are asked to be aware of "Account Restricted" phishing scams like the one below which claim that their accounts have been restricted because of suspicious activities. The phishing scams steal online banking account credentials by tricking the recipients into clicking on a link in the fake email messages. The link goes to a fake Fifth Third Bank website disguised as the legitimate one located at www.53.com.
The "Fifth Third Bank Important Service Updates" Phishing Scam
From: Fifth Third Bank - email@example.com
Sent: Friday, April 5, 2019, 9:37:12 AM EDT
Subject: Fifth Third Bank: Important Service Updates
Fifth Third Bank
Important Service Updates
Please verify your information urgently.
It is very important.
Click Here To Proceed
Note: You will need to update your information for that service completely.
Fifth Third Bank
Once Fifth Third Bank's customers attempt to sign into the fake or phishing website that the link goes to, their banking credentials will be sent to the cybercriminal behind the scam, who will use the stolen information to gain access to their accounts, steal their money, and use the accounts fraudulently.
Therefore, it is important that Fifth Third Bank customers never click on links to sign into their accounts. They should instead, go directly to www.53.com and sign-in from there. This will prevent them from being tricked into visiting phishing websites that steal personal and financial information.
Fifth Third Bank customers who have been tricked by the phishing email, or those who think they have been tricked, should contact Fifth Third Bank for help.