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Counterfeit Banking Emails
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Counterfeit Banking Emails

This week, cybercriminals are launching a phishing scam by sending emails that pretend to be from various banks. By masquerading as different financial institutions, they aim to deceive more people into clicking on harmful links. These emails feature different images and text based on the bank being impersonated but share a common message: urgent action is required, and you need to download an attachment.

Regardless of the email's appearance, they all contain a link to an attachment. Clicking this link will download an attachment displaying a clickable PDF logo image. If you click on this image, malware will start installing on your device. This malware can steal personal data, financial information, and email addresses from your inbox. It can then use your email to send similar phishing emails to your contacts.

Tips to Protect Yourself from Malware Scams:

  • Recognize Urgency Tactics: Scammers often create a sense of urgency to trick you into clicking links. If you receive an unexpected email, pause and think before you click.
  • Verify with Your Bank: If an email claims to be from your bank, avoid clicking on any links. Instead, contact your bank directly to confirm if any action is needed.
  • Keep Software Updated: Follow your organization's guidelines for security updates and antivirus software. Keeping your software up to date can protect your device from malware infections.

Stay vigilant and follow these steps to avoid falling victim to phishing scams.

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