An “Enhanced Security Update” email supposedly coming from the UnionBank of the Philippines is making the rounds asking you to log in to your online banking account. But the moment you do so, you might lose your cash to scammers. The email is actually a phishing email designed to steal your login details in order to hack your account.
Early this morning, we received a not so professional-looking email from CUSTOMER.SERVICE@unionbankph.com asking us to go to a certain website to “restore account access.”
Don’t be fooled by the email address. We’ve received several fake emails before to know that this is a fake or a PHISHING email.
Phishing is a tactic used by unscrupulous groups or individuals meant to trick you into logging in to your accounts so that they can steal your personal information and, in some cases, your cash in your online bank accounts.
Here’s what the phishing email we received look like.
from: UnionBank of Philippines CUSTOMER.SERVICE@unionbankph.com
date: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 8:04 AM
subject Enhanced Security Update.!
Access To Your Account Is Currently Unavailable .
Please click the link below to restore your account access.
UnionBank of the Philippines
Clicking the link goes to a different website that slavishly copied the look and layout of the UnionBank login site. The fake website is at http://pastehtml.com/view/b6em3h27n.html (Don’t go to this website! This is a fake UnionBank website! We just showed it here so you will know that it is a fake Unionbank URL.)
If, unfortunately, you fell into their trap, the hackers will use your login details to access your account. Now, they can easily transfer your hard-earned money to any account of unscrupulous scammers.
You’ve been warned! Don’t get scammed!
(FYI, UnionBank’s official website is at http://www.unionbankph.com)