Some cyber criminals might be using the Wells Fargo scandal as a way to get people to fall for phishing scams.
KIRO 7 News obtained this email.
Thank you for choosing Wells Fargo, We have taken steps to protect your financial information and personal identity.
We’re writing to verify the transaction you made On 09/11/2016 We suspect fraudulent activity on your Eligible Account, The transaction was against Wells Fargo Tearms [sic] and Use, Your bill pay and Bank-to-Bank Transfers as has been temporarily suspended.
The rest of the email gave a link that was not associated with the Wells Fargo website. Instructions directed the user to click the link and then sign on to their bank account.
Phishing is a way for criminals to carry out identity theft by using fake websites, emails and robocalls to try and steal your personal information — including passwords, banking info, Social Security number and other sensitive data.
People on social media have shared having similar experiences with Wells Fargo phishing scams.
Just got a phishing text claiming to be from Wells Fargo, and thanks to recent events I thought “Maybe it IS Wells Fargo trying to scam me!”
— Kate Linnea Welsh (@katelinnea) September 9, 2016
But Wells Fargo is not the only bank susceptible to phishing scams; all banking customers should be wary too.
Here are a few ways to avoid these types of scams:
- When it comes to spotting potentially dangerous websites, before you go to an unknown site, double-check the spelling of the web address/URL by first doing a search for it. The site could be a fake scam site, and in some cases, criminals have created fake sites by using common misspellings of popular websites.
- If you receive an email claiming to be from your bank or other company that has your personal information, don’t click on any of the links. It could be a scam. Instead, log in to your account separately in a new window to check for any new notices. You can also call the company directly to ask about the information sent via email.
- Don’t click on any links in an email you weren’t expecting. Do a search about whatever the sender claims to want or be offering you to make sure it’s legitimate. If you aren’t sure, do a search for the company and then call it directly.