Bank Phishing Scams on the Rise Again
I’ve received a number of scam attempts via email in the past two weeks. And they get cleverer and cleverer each time. Or at least the phishers seem to think they do. Both have (on the surface of things) seem to be sent from the normal Standard Bank Internet Banking email address [firstname.lastname@example.org] and both lead to seemingly genuine Standard Bank online banking login screens.
First was a notice that someone had made a deposit into my account with the suggestion that I log in to my account to see the details. The R40K would be nice, but I don’t know anyone named James du Plessis who would pay me anything at all:
Next I got this message earlier today:
Again, hovering over the link shows that the url attached to the links is nothing like the real thing. This time it’s are rather non-descript mallasritmo.info address. Clicking on the link takes the unsuspecting user to a page that looks remarkably like the real thing:
Notice that the url is nothing like the correct Standard Bank internet banking pages’: https://www5.encrypt.standardbank.co.za/ibsa/InternetBanking If that isn’t the address you see in your address bar DO NOT enter anything into the screen and attempt to log on. Some scaly scammer is harvesting your login credentials and will soon be emptying your account.
Remember always that no bank will ever request that their clients enter login details or submit account pin numbers via an email message or into a webpage, not matter how real it looks. If you are a Standard Bank customer and haven’t yet, we recommend that you take up the banks’ offer of free anti-phishing software that you can download and install directly from your (real) online account page. Do it now!