Bank customers are often targeted by cybercrooks who want to steal sensitive financial information to conduct their fraudulent schemes.
This month, Bitdefender Antispam researchers have been monitoring the flux of finance-themed spam and filtering out fraudulent correspondence that may threaten consumers‘ online security, privacy and finances.
According to Bitdefender telemetry, more than 1 in 5 (23%) of finance- and bank-themed spam emails analyzed this month were marked as phishing attempts.
Some of these attacks were carefully crafted to mimic official correspondence sent by legitimate banks and financial institutions, including:
Most of the phishing emails contain replicated bank logos and layouts and depict the general tone of actual messages customers receive from their bank or financial institutions.
While these emails may look legitimate at first glance, the attempts analyzed by our researchers contain various red flags that should immediately put recipients on guard, including:
The cybercriminals behind these fraudulent campaigns are in search of banking logins, PINs and other financial information from customers that will enable them to commit credit card fraud, take over financial accounts or peddle stolen info on dark web marketplaces.
When dealing with unsolicited correspondence from financial institutions or banks, we encourage customers to exercise caution and look for red flags that may suggest a phishing attempt:
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