Monday, April 2, 2012

This Bank of America Phishing Email Hopes to Steal Your BofA Login Information

Was a “slight error” detected in your Bank of America account information during routine account maintenance and verification process?

Of course not, but spammers are hoping you believe otherwise when their latest phishing email hits your inbox.

The email, titled “Online Banking Alert” looks like a legitimate email from BofA that’s been peppered with a few typos, misspellings and multiple links to a Russian domain ( with a spoofed Bank of America login page.

Here’s the (unedited) email:

Bank of America phishing email

From: Bank of America (update2[at]
Subject: Online Banking Alert!

Message from Customer Service

Dear Valued Customer

During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error in your account information.

This might be due to either of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address).

2. Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.

3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors.

As a result, we require you to click the link below and confirm your account information.

Click here to continue

However, If your account information is not confirmed and verified within a certain period of time then your ability to access your account would become restricted.

Thank you

Want to get more alerts? Sign in to your online banking account at Bank of America and within the Accounts Overview page select the "Alerts" tab.

Because email is not a secure form of communication, this email box is not equipped to handle replies.

If you have any questions about your account or need assistance, please call the phone number on your statement or go to Contact Us at

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© 2012 Bank of America Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

How to Deal with Bank of America Phishing Emails

If you receive a copy of this email (or one similar to it), it is recommended that you:

  • Do NOT click any of the embedded links or reply to it.

  • Report the email to Bank of America by forwarding the email to

  • Delete the email immediately.

Protect Yourself from Phishing Email Schemes

To avoid falling for similar phishing emails that are bound to hit your inbox eventually, it’s always recommended that you:

  • Type the address of the website you wish to visit directly into your browser’s address bar versus clicking on any email links.

  • Always check the URL in the address bar BEFORE entering any sensitive information.

  • Do not download any files attached to unsolicited emails.

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