I believe most of the people have been encountered different kinds of online threats such as Phishing scams and hoax emails. Most of the Phishing scams are happening when the victims were tricked to reveal the important information such as user ID, password TAC by clicking the link provided in the email.
I, myself had received numerous of fraudulent emails which asked me to change bank account passwords or pretended to be an urgent bank email which asking me to update my personal bank profile via their link.
How to Avoid Phishing Scam?
Well, it’s not hard to detect the originality of the email. First of all, Banks will never send emails to their customers to verify any personal profile or account information. Secondly, do not click the link provided in the suspicious email. The best way is to move your cursor on the link and look at its URL address before clicking the link.
There is a similarity about this kind of Phishing email. The hackers are smart enough to create a look-alike website once you click the link to trick you to give them the sensitive personal data. Therefore, whenever you received this kind of Bank Phishing email, contact your bank customer service officer first and forward the fraud email to them for verification.
I found in CIMB Bank website some samples of Phishing Scams such as Phishing Email/Mule, Phishing SMS, Phishing Website, Suspicious scam, online currency. I will list some of these common Phishing scams for your easy reference.
From: CIMBClicks (formerly known as Channel-e)
Sent: 21 September 2006 3:28 PM
Subject: Please Change Your Secret Question
We would like to inform you that we are currently experiancing some problems with our system.Please change your security answer identification same to your password as soon as possible.Thank You
Customer Support Services
CIMB Bank (formerly known as Bumiputra-Commerce Bank Berhad)
Call Centre (Re: CIMBClicks)
10th floor Menara Atlas, Plaza Pantai,
No. 5, Jalan 4/83A, Off Jalan Pantai Baru,
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Congratulations! Your SIM card has won a cheque worth RM7,000 from AFM (Academy Fantasia Malaysia 4). You are required to open account with BCB with a deposit of RM1,000 and ATM card. Please contact this number for more details: 006 281 336 150 11.
Suspicious Scam/Investment Scams
[iklan-utama] CIMBbank>>dgn RM2X5 anda boleh peroleh sehingga RM1 …
[iklan-utama] CIMBbank>>dgn RM2X5 anda boleh peroleh sehingga RM1,627230.00. nor amirah Tue, 10 Apr 2007 22:40:57 -0700
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Malaysia_DUIT_MLM : Message: PROGRAM BCB BANK (CIMBBANK …
PROGRAM BCB BANK (CIMBBANK)////// MODAL RM 15 SAHAJA>>>>PENUHKAN AK …. www.cimbbank.com.my. -DISERTAI BUKTI SUMBANGAN- SELAMAT DATANG KE PROGRAM IKHLAS … finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Malaysia_DUIT_MLM/message/98229 – 45k – Cached – Similar pages
Bank customers especially online Internet Banking customer should be more alert of this kind of Phishing Scam to avoid online identity theft and lose your money.