Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Phishing Alert: SunTrust Banks

I received an email from someone posing as a "online support" for SunTrust Bank and here's what the message says:

From: SunTrust '06 [mailto: online_support_id_0695020372532id@suntrust.com]
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 9:25 AM
To: berniej
Subject: Suntrust Bank: please confirm your details Mon, 09 Oct 2006 03:13:08 +0100

Dear Suntrust Bank Client,

The SunTrust Bank Technical Department is performing a scheduled software upgrade to improve the quality of the banking services.
By clicking on the link below you will begin the procedure of the user details confirmation.


These instructions are to be sent to and followed by all SunTrust Bank clients.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for cooperation.

SunTrust Bank Technical Service.

Let this serve as a warning to legitimate SunTrust Bank clients. The message above is a phishing attempt and clicking on the link provided will show a website that looks like a legitimate SunTrust site, but closer investigations shows that the website is supposed to get the "confirmations" is a server from Venezuela (the *real* SunTrust Bank is located in the United States). The phishing website was so craftily made that the link that is shown on the browser will look like its a legitimate SunTrust Bank website but in reality, its a bogus website.

Again, let this be a warning to both SunTrust clients and users of internet banking facilities of other banks -- before "confirming" your account details as requested by an email, call your depository branch to make sure that there is a real need to do so.

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