Skip to comments.Bank of America Alert Phishing Scam
Posted on 04/26/2014 2:30:37 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
I received the following email from Bank of America this afternoon:
Dear valued customer,
During our usual security enhancement protocol, we observed multiple login attempt error while login in to your online banking account. We have believed that someone other than you is trying to access your account for security reasons, we have temporarily suspend your account and your access to online banking and will be restricted if you fail to update.
Click here to start the confirmation process
Please Note: Always look for your Security Image and Phrase® before entering your Password.
Remember, Bank of America is committed to your security and protection. To find out more, take a look at our Information Security section under Privacy and Security on the Web site.
Bank of America, Member FDIC. © 2014 Bank of America Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
I now have to register this attempt with the Credit Bureaus. I've spent all afternoon on this, and I'm furious. After all that, it turned out that my login was not blocked after all, but I've changed all of the access questions.
Bank of America says to NEVER click on a link in an email from them. If they want to warm (or any other customer) of a security breach, they will ask the customer to call them -- not to click on a link in the email.
I'm usually pretty cagy about these things, but they caught me off guard this afternoon and cost me a lot of time straightening it out. The minute I furnished them with my father's middle name, they had the last 4 numbers of my CC, my Online ID, my Site Key, etc. Their logos were all correct, etc. It was a perfect duplicate of the official sign in page.
This is just a warning to other FReepers that this scam is going around.
BTTT—thanks for sharing your experience.
Same happened to me 3 weeks ago —changed my card, also.
If your bank thinks there is a problem with your account, they will call you, not send a general email.
I used to get these kinds of emails from Sunbelt Bank and some similar banks. I have never had an account with a Sunbelt Bank, so that was my first clue.
NEVER click on an email link to a financial institution. If you have an account and are concerned, start with the ‘real’ link in your bookmark/favorites.
Repeat: NEVER click on an email link to a financial institution.
Note the poor English in their boiler plate message.
I sometimes get an similar kind of account warning email from paypai.com.
Notice that it is paypa’i’ not paypa’L’. In some fonts the letter I resembles the letter L.
Phishing emails are tricky.
If you signed your account over to Prince Obongobongo at The White Hut, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, all is well. You will be well taken care of.
I had one of these, and I played their game.. and put in goofy names, crazy info, ss number was all 1;s I knew it was a farce when they swallowed the info I put in... I never got as far as my pass word code.. as I knew it was not valid
Call me old-fashioned, but there is absolutely NO way I’ll ever do any banking online, let alone store any personal or financial data on any home computer - let alone cell phone.
It’s been happening more frequently lately. I’ve gotten Bank of America phishing emails (I closed my account there over a year ago) as well as fake emails from Amazon.com (never had an account with them) and American Express (haven’t been with them in over 20 years). I always block the sender then delete the email.
If I get a notification from any business that I’m active with I make sure to contact them directly at a known-good phone number and work out any issues that way.
Sorry to hear you got caught off guard and had to spend the time, effort and hassle rectifying your situation. And thank you for putting out a warning to other FReepers.
Yeah, I’ve been getting about three collect calls a week on my cell phone from someone in jail. They want me to accept the charges. Sure, I’ll do that.
That email reads like someone in Kazachestan used Google translate to imitate BofA. Be careful.
I went through a spell last year where my password was corrupted a number of times over several months. I believe BofA was one of the accounts involved. Others certainly were. If you don’t enter your password properly after the third attempt they demand you change your password.
That became a real pain in the hibiscus.
Thankfully it dissipated over time, and I haven’t had a problem since late last year.
Someone was trying to hack my account. You can also harass someone by doing this is you have their account name.
A strange tense and a run-on sentence. I detect a Nigerian accent. The lads of Lagos need to brush up on their English.
I’d be real careful with that. Karma is a bitch.
I think the OP did us a service with sharing this.
I can help.
I have a credit repair/security service.
Please email me your account number and pin. I’ll get all your funds back.
Also, today only, I’m selling carbon credits, 1/2 off. No checks.
I was purchasing something from a site overseas and Chase sent me a lot of emails within seconds of my click to buy.
What is interesting, before my purchase ever went through, two different companies were charging very similar amounts on my card, but not the company that I was trying to use. The scam companies beat the legitimate one.
Anyway, they do send emails.
Can I buy some carbon credits using bitcoins?
Chase also sent me an email concerning my account. I did not reply to it, but did call the phone number on the back of my credit card. The email was legit, but I will continue to handle situations like this, in the same way.
Don, my buddy, I tell you what, man, you just go ahead on
and click on every link that you come across and see what happens.
It’s the wild wild west out there on the world wide web
and unless and until you realize that, you will be a sucker.
No financial institution nor government entity will attempt to contact you via email requesting personal information. Trust me, they already have it.
Sure it’s not your bro?
And you do business with BankAmigo because?????
They are a criminal enterprise. I’m not saying that you deserve what you got, but you need to seriously rethink who you trust with your business.
All I am saying is calling people stupid, especially people who admit to their blunder, is uncool. That’s all.
We all think we’re bullet proof - until we’re not.
All that I’m saying is give peace a chance.
“Repeat: NEVER click on an email link to a financial institution.”
Well worth repeating.
Anyone know if this is legit from “Google?”
Someone recently used your password to try to sign in to your Google Account XXXXXXXXX@gmail.com. This person was using an application such as an email client or mobile device.
We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account. Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:
Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:49:08 PM UTC
IP Address: 18.104.22.168 (c-71-231-136-137.hsd1.wa.comcast.net)
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
If you do not recognize this sign-in attempt, someone else might be trying to access your account. You should sign in to your account and reset your password immediately.
If this was you, and you are having trouble accessing your account, complete the troubleshooting steps listed at http://support.google.com/mail?p=client_login
The Google Accounts team
Re your post #9, I amen that. I do my banking the old fashioned way.
my card got changed but no e mail that I remember
A phishing scam that I received shortly after Christmas told me that Walmart had been trying to deliver a package to me. The graphics looked really good. I wonder how many people they got with that one, since there may have been people thinking that someone had sent them a Christmas gift.
I see just enough 'error' in my bills -- to the point where there is NO way I'd want to go chasing after funds that have already been vacuumed away.
Those that praise this method of handling your finances can go blow their smoke up somebody else's ass - ain't happening in this household.
Just watched a security expert on John Stossel’s show on FNC. He said NEVER click on a link in an email.
People who are too stupid, ignorant, or both to realize that no bank would hire a grammar school dropout to write their customer security warnings deserve to be ripped off!
I get emails like this for everything imaginable....accounts at banks etc that I don’t even have. Can’t believe people still fall for this stuff.
I’ve found a great carbon credit company that provides rewards for minimizing dog farts, especially good at night when your dogs are sleeping on your bed. Send be $100 and I’ll tell you how to buy some stock.
They send emails asking you to call them, not to click on a link, according to BofA.
I do buiness with B of A because I am the Trustee for my late mother’s estate and that is where she has/had her accounts. She died 2 weeks ago, and I thought that the “locked” email was the result of her obit being published.
I couldn’t figure out how that related to my B of A CC, however, which had been mine since 1983 and had nothing to do with Mom, other than that I had “personally” dedicated it to her affairs because it was so easy to transfer money to it from her trust fund for her needs. There are many outstanding checks and charges, due to her death, on there right now and I didn’t want any of those to be blocked.