Fraudulent bank emails becoming more common

    Identity thieves are always attempting to develop new ways to try to find out your personal information. One way they do this is by sending emails that appear to originate from a bank that you may have an account with. They are not legitimate, though may appear to look formal enough to pass as genuine. If you get any emails like these, don’t respond to them, and do not click any links within.

Some common tip-offs that an email is fake are typos, grammatical mistakes, awkward language, missing words, extra spaces, and other signs that the email was written unprofessionally. Can you spot them in the photo? Such emails might also ask you to look at an attachment or click a link and then give your personal information on a Web page or in a form. If you aren't sure, you can always hover over the link and see what site it is pointing to as seen in the picture.

Sometimes the sender’s email address looks suspicious. However, attackers are getting better at creating phony emails that look legitimate, so if you feel at all uncomfortable about an email that claims to be from your bank, contact them. Most have an “abuse” email account that you can forward the email to, and they can verify if it is authentic.

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