PHISHING - HSBC Bank 'Account Monitoring Process' Email
OutlineEmail claiming to be from HSBC bank advises you that your account has been suspended via an account monitoring process designed to protect you from fraudsters.
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Brief AnalysisThe email is not from HSBC. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving account login details and a large amount of other personal and financial information to cybercriminals.
Subj: Account Monitoring process
To protect your accounts, our monitoring process has temporarily suspended your online access, whereby fraudsters attempt to obtain customer’s personal banking and other confidential information.
To help us verify the activity on your account, we'll complete our checks on your Online Banking accounts.
For better services and protection of our customer , you are required to click of the protection button, this should be done as soon as you get this message.
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'Account Monitoring' Email Claims HSBC Account Suspended
The email suggests that you click a 'Protection' button to verify the account and allow security checks to be completed.
Email is Not From HSBC - Phishing Scam
If you click the 'Protection' button in the message, you will be taken to a fraudulent website designed to mirror a genuine HSBC page. Once on the fake page, you will be asked to supply your account user ID.
After you input your user ID and hit the 'Continue' button, you will be taken to a second fake page that contains a form that requests a significant amount of your personal and financial data (see screenshot at bottom of article).
When you have filled in and submitted the bogus form, you will then be automatically redirected to the genuine HSBC website.
All of the information submitted on the fraudulent website can be collected by the criminals and used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.
You can report this and other HSBC phishing attempts via the email address listed on the bank's website.
Beware Emails Claiming Accounts Have Been Suspended
Last updated: August 28, 2014
First published: August 28, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen