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More US Bank Phishing Scams

Summary:
Emails claiming to be from US Bank ask recipients to click a link and provide personal information on a webpage.



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted via email, 2004)
Dear U.S. Bank valued member,

Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the online banking community we have issued this warning message.

It has come to our attention that your account information needs to be updated due to inactive members, frauds and spoof reports. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and renew your records you will not run into any future problems with the online service. However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. This notification expires on May 20, 2004.

Once you have updated your account records your internet banking service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

Please follow the link below and renew your account information.

U.S. Bank Internet Banking




Commentary:
Like a number of other major financial institutions, the US bank is once again the target of phishing scammers. Emails supposedly from the US bank use a variety of excuses to trick customers into visiting a bogus website. The example above claims that customers need to update their accounts "due to inactive members, frauds and spoof reports". A link in the email leads to a fraudulent website that asks for sensitive personal and banking information. Although such websites may look like an official bank site, they are created solely to trick people into providing personal information directly to the scammers responsible. The scam email reproduced above is just one example in a long line of similar emails that have targeted US Bank.

US bank has more information and reporting procedures regarding these fraudulent emails on their website.

Another popular target for phishing scammers is Citibank.

Read more information about phisher scams in general.

Write-up by Brett M.Christensen