Account Status Verification Alert – Phishing Example

This one’s attempting to phish BMO Financial Group accounts:

Subject: Account Status Verification Alert

From: BMO Online Security Alert <>

If you’re a BMO customer this is not from them, in case you were wondering.
Account Status Verification Alert

Dear Customer,

This email was sent from our BMO Online Banking Secure SSL Server to verify
and confirm your identity as there has been several multiple logon
attempts mismatch on your BMO Online Banking
Account from an undisclosed IP/Computer location.

You are requested to verify your membership details correctly with US.

Verify and Update your identity [ MyAccount Activity Profile>]

Failure to confirm and verify your Alliance & Leicester online account informations
might lead to your account permanently suspended.

Copyright 頲010 BMO Online Banking.

The message includes one link. The text “[ MyAccount Activity Profile>]” links to and unless BMO has moved their headquarters from Canada to Romania the top level domain here, .ro, is a pretty good indicator that this isn’t from BMO.

The link goes to a pretty good fake login page for BMO but our FireFox browser caught it and warned us that it was a known forgery. Then warned us again when we clicked “ignore this warning”. (Don’t do this unless you have good, current anti-virus and anti-malware software.)

If this almost got you, check out our post on how to spot these things.

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