Bogus US Bank email

Category: Scam Discovered On: 22 Jan 2004
Type: scamUpdated On: 08 Jun 2006


Some internet users have been receiving emails claiming to be from US Bank, informing them that their online banking account had been shut down, and would remain shut until they confirmed their contact details.

The link contained inside the emails may at first glance appear to be legitimate, but it really redirected users to a website based in Korea in an attempt to steal users' account details.

A typical example of the scam email follows:

Dear U.S. Bank account holder,

We regret to inform you, that we had to block your U.S. Bank account because we have been notified that your account may have been compromised by outside parties.

Our terms and conditions you agreed to state that your account must always be under your control or those you designate at all times. We have noticed some activity related to your account that indicates that other parties may have access and or control of your information in your account.

These parties have in the past been involved with money laundering, illegal drugs, terrorism and various Federal Title 18 violations. In order that you may access your account we must verify your identity by clicking on the link below.

Please be aware that until we can verify your identity no further access to your account will be allowed and we will have no other liability for your account or any transactions that may have occurred as a result of your failure to reactivate your account as instructed below.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

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Before you reactivate your account, all payments have been frozen, and you will not be able to use your account in any way until we have verified your identity.

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