1 in 5 financial-themed spam emails in August are phishing attempts


August 18, 2023

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1 in 5 financial-themed spam emails in August are phishing attempts

Bank customers are often targeted by cybercrooks who want to steal sensitive financial information to conduct their fraudulent schemes.

This month, Bitdefender Antispam researchers have been monitoring the flux of finance-themed spam and filtering out fraudulent correspondence that may threaten consumers‘ online security, privacy and finances.

Here’s what we found:

According to Bitdefender telemetry, more than 1 in 5 (23%) of finance- and bank-themed spam emails analyzed this month were marked as phishing attempts.

Some of these attacks were carefully crafted to mimic official correspondence sent by legitimate banks and financial institutions, including:

  • UK’s national taxing authority (HMRC)
  • Bank Austria
  • La Banque Postale
  • Crédit Agricole
  • BNP Paribas
  • Postbank
  • Credit Suisse

Most of the phishing emails contain replicated bank logos and layouts and depict the general tone of actual messages customers receive from their bank or financial institutions.

While these emails may look legitimate at first glance, the attempts analyzed by our researchers contain various red flags that should immediately put recipients on guard, including:

  • The sender email address contains unfamiliar domains – unrelated to the bank or financial organization
  • The messages convey an unusual level of urgency, prompting recipients to act quickly, without hesitation, to resolve some issues on their account

The cybercriminals behind these fraudulent campaigns are in search of banking logins, PINs and other financial information from customers that will enable them to commit credit card fraud, take over financial accounts or peddle stolen info on dark web marketplaces.

When dealing with unsolicited correspondence from financial institutions or banks, we encourage customers to exercise caution and look for red flags that may suggest a phishing attempt:

  • Misspellings and unfamiliar sender addresses
  • Urgent requests, notifications or threatening language
  • You are asked to verify your account and data
  • Claims that a financial account has been blocked or compromised and that payments have been suspended
  • Requests to act immediately and open attachments or click on links

Samples of the fraudulent correspondence can be found below:

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Alina is a history buff passionate about cybersecurity and anything sci-fi, advocating Bitdefender technologies and solutions. She spends most of her time between her two feline friends and traveling.

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