Bank of America Phishing Scams
Date: 31 October 2007 - For a more professional-looking Bank Of America Phishing scam, view the Bank of America Alert E-mail Phishing Scam. (We had to place the example on a separate page because some of the formatting clashed with our style sheet)
Date: 28 September 2007
Received from "Bank of America" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Last update reminder
Dear Bank of America - Military Bank Customer,
As part of our efforts to meet the requirements of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), we now ask all Military Bank Online users to verify their account information. It's a smart and simple way to add an additional level of protection to your account.
Here's how it works:
1. Click here to sign on.
2. Complete our quick and simple form.
3. Continue with your Military Bank online session.
We may periodically ask you to provide information in Military Bank Online as a quick identity check. That way, when you drop in to do business, we'll know it's you.
Bank Of America - Military Bank Online
Imagine you bank asking you every five minutes: "Hey, is it still you doing the online banking or is it someone else?" Well that is how ridiculous some of these scams are. And why would Bank of Amerca add a "heesun.net" e-mail address in the "Reply-To" field? It just comes to show how easy it is to spot a fraudulent e-mail. You just need to keep your eyes open for obvious inconsistencies.
Date: 16 September 2007
Received from "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Last update reminder
Dear Bank of America & Mbna Customer
During our Security and Resolution Center regular maintainance it has come to
our attention that your Bank of America Billing Information is out of date. The update
process is very simple and fast one and it must be completed immediately in
order to avoid any future issues - Terms of Service (TOS) violations, cancellation
of service, account suspension or even account termination.
To securely confirm your information please click on the link bellow:
We encourage you to log in and perform the steps necessary to restore your
account access as soon as possible.
© 2007 Bank of America& MBNA Corporation. All rights reserved.
Date: 12 June 2007
Received from "Bank of America" <email@example.com>
Subject: Please Update and Verify your Bank of America account
Dear Bank of America customer,
During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error in your billing information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address).
2. Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors.
Please update and verify your information by clicking the link below:
If your account information is not updated within 24 hours then your ability to access your account will become restricted.
The Bank of America Billing Deptartment .
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender
Everything in this e-mail screams SCAM!!
A highly (supposed to be) confidential e-mail sent to multiple undisclosed recipients. This e-mail is intended for one person only, why send it to multiple clients? Banks will never do something like this.
"A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address)"
If you recently changed your personal information, then you obviously updated it with the most current information. There is no need verify anything.
"...due to an internal error within our processors."
How stupid can you get? If the problem is caused by an internal error, then you will never be able to resolve it by asking the user to verify his/her "information". What kind of information do they want you to verify? Banks will never be as vague as this.
Date: 7 October 2006
Received from "Bank of America" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Update your Bank of America account
Dear Bank of America Client :
We are encountered some tehnical errors in our database, Please update your profile .
You can access your profile at https://www.bankofamerica.com
This process is mandatory, and if not completed within the nearest time your account
may be subject for temporary suspension.
For help please contact Bank of America Customer Service immediately by
email at email@example.com or call us at [DELETED] .
Thank you for using bankofamerica.com!
No one in his/her right state of mind will ever take a badly written e-mail like this one seriously. The spelling and grammar is horrible, a common characteristic found in most fraudulent e-mails.