ANZ 'Manditory Account Verification' Phishing Scam
According to this 'online alert' email, which purports to be from the ANZ bank, a manditory (sic) account verification is underway and you are required to help perform this check by clicking a link and signing into your account.
The email warns that failing to act upon the request may lead to account deactivation.
However, the email is certainly not from ANZ. It is a phishing scam designed to steal a large amount of your personal information. If you click the link, you will be taken to a bogus website that contains the form shown in the screenshot below. To make the form appear more legitimate, the fake page includes the ANZ logo and secondary links that lead to the genuine ANZ website.
The fraudulent form asks for your bank account login credentials and other account details, your driver's licence number, your email address and password, your name and contact information, your date of birth, and other personal data.
If you supply the requested information and click the 'log on' button, you will then be redirected to the genuine ANZ website.
But, alas, the criminals behind this phishing expedition can use the information you supplied to hijack both your bank and email accounts and steal your identity.
Phishing scams like this one are very common and target customers of banks and other financial institutions all over the world. Be wary of any email from your bank that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to update personal details or rectify a supposed problem with your account.
It is always safest to log into all of your online accounts by entering the web address into your browser's address bar or via an official app.
ANZ has published information about phishing scams and other Internet security threats on its website.
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Subject: Online Alert
We are performing a manditory account verification. All account holders are required to help us perform this check by signing in using the link below immediately once this email is received.
Failure to act upon this procedure may lead to account deactivation.
Thank you for banking with ANZ Bank.
This mailbox is not monitored. Please do not reply. Account-related questions can only be answered via secure forms of communication such as our Online Banking Message Center. Please to send us a secure message.
Last updated: April 13, 2015
First published: April 13, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
ANZ- Internet Fraud & Security Threats
Phishing Scams - Anti-Phishing Information