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Natwest 'Account Re-evaluation Required' Phishing Scam



'Uncommon Activity' Email Claims to be From NatWest

This email, which pretends to be from UK bank NatWest, warns that there has been 'uncommon activity' on your account. It claims that you must take action by clicking a 'Revaluate Your Account' link within 24 hours or access to your account will be 'prohibited'.

Email is Not From NatWest - Phishing Scam

However, the email is not from NatWest. It is a phishing scam designed to steal your bank login details and other private information.

Clicking the link takes you to a fake NatWest account login webpage. After 'logging in' on the fake page, you will be asked to supply credit card details and a large amount of personal information.

Scammers will use this information to hijack your NatWest account and conduct fraudulent transactions. The criminals may also attempt to steal your identity.

Be Wary of 'Account Update' Emails Claiming to be From Your Bank

Sending out fake account update emails is a very common phishing tactic. Be wary of any messages demanding that you click a link or open an attachment to update account details.

Always login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser's address bar or via an official bank app.


   

Example

Subject: Account re-evaluation required

This is an automatically generated message for your protection:

As there has been uncommon activity on your Natwest Online Banking, access to this service will be prohibited within the next 24 hours unless action is taken. We require you to complete the revaluation process through the link below:

Revaluate Your Account

To identify yourself, proceed as follows:

1. Login to your Natwest online banking
2. Follow the normal steps to view your account statement to validate your transactions. Additional information may be required.
Thank you for banking with us.

Yours sincerely,
Paul Riley Head of Online Security

NatWest Phishing Scam


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Last updated: December 6, 2014
First published: December 6, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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