Attention bank customers: Fraud with a 4999 euro transfer in circulation
A suspicious transfer of 4999 euros is used as a pretext for a new wave of attacks on bank customers. Update: Here you will find current warnings from the VR banks.
4999 euro transfer: New attack scam!
Consumer advocates warn of new fraudulent emails. The phishing emails have the lurid subject line “System Alarm Code”. Under the logo of the Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken there is an orange warning: “WARNING! Suspicious transfer canceled!” (The spelling mistake is original).
This is followed by the general salutation “Dear Sir or Madam” and the text of the email states that the security system intercepted a “very suspicious transfer” of 4999 euros. The money allegedly had been transferred from the email recipient’s account to a foreign one The bank allegedly suspected a hacker attack and canceled the transfer.
The bank claims that the canceled transfer would not show up in the customer’s online account history. The fraudsters want to prevent the customer from becoming suspicious when he logs into his online banking and does not notice anything about the “suspicious transfer”.
Then the mail comes to the crucial point: the customer supposedly has to re-authenticate himself to ensure that his account has not been hijacked. To do this, the customer should click on the orange button labeled “To the homepage”. Of course, the link behind it does not lead to real online banking, but to a fake website where the customer’s access data is supposed to be stolen.
How to recognize this phishing mail
The mail, which is supposed to come from the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken, bears the sender’s address
. The text of the email is teeming with spelling mistakes.
No targeted attack
There is no indication that this mail is only intended for customers of the Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken. This phishing e-mail is likely to be the typical “cluster bomb principle”: The e-mail is sent to as many e-mail addresses as possible in the hope that there will be customers of the Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken and of these in turn at least some will go to the fall for scam.
Here’s what you should do:
Delete this mail without clicking anything in it.
For online banking, always use the link set as a favorite/bookmark in the browser.
Here you will find warnings from the VR banks
Customers of the Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken can find out about current dangers via the bank’s own news portals on the web. Here two examples:
Current phishing warnings from Volksbank eG
Information page of the VR banks on phishing emails and SMS