Section 1: What email did I receive, and how did I know it was a Phishing scam?


This week I received an email claiming to be from St. George bank, telling me that there had been some strange activity on my internet banking account and it had been suspended, and that I had to click on a link to verify my activity and re-activate my account.

St George Phishing Scam

Apart from the fact, that I don’t have a St. George bank account, there was one major sign that this was a Phishing email, the link actually pointed to, and not St. George.


St George Phishing Scam




Section 2: What happens if you click on the link?


DISCLAIMER: Please do not try this yourself.  When I follow suspicious links and open suspicious files, I do so in a sandboxed environment that protects from Malware getting onto my PC.  Doing this directly on your own PC could get you infected with Malware.


Upon clicking on the link, you are taken to a fake St. George page which requests your login details:

St George Phishing Scam


When you click the “Logon” button on this page, you are then taken to the next page, which asks for your Driver license, Credit card number, expiry, and CCV.

St George Phishing Scam



This information collecting is common in Phishing sc ams.  The attacker is trying to gather as much info about you as possible for the purposts of using your identity to commit fraud, and using your credit card to make purchases.



Section 3: What should I do if I clicked on the link, and entered my personal details?


You should immediately contact your bank and have your credit card cancelled.  Additionally, you should consider setting up and alert through a credit reporint agency to be alerted when anyone obtains credit in your name.


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