Email purporting to be from Australia’s Commonwealth Bank claims that you have a new Internet Banking message.
The email is not from the Commonwealth Bank. Clicking the ‘Log On’ button included in the message opens a fraudulent website designed to steal your bank login credentials.
According to this ‘New Message Notification’ email, which claims to be from Australia’s Commonwealth Bank, you can click a Log On button to access a ‘new Internet Banking Message’. The email features the Commonwealth Bank logo along with a copyright notice in the footer.
However, the email is certainly not from the Commonwealth Bank. If you click the Log On button, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to closely mirror the bank’s genuine home page. After you enter your login details on the bogus website, you will be automatically redirected to the real Commonwealth Bank website.
Meanwhile, cybercriminals can collect the details you submitted on the scam website and use them to hijack your account. Once they have gained access to your account, they can transfer your funds to other accounts and conduct other fraudulent transactions.
Phishing scams like this one are very common. Be wary of any email that tries to get you to click a link or open an attached file to view a message, rectify a supposed account issue, or update your details. It is always safest to access all of your online accounts by entering the account address into your browser’s address bar or via a legitimate account app.
The security section of the Commonwealth Bank website has information about staying safe online and reporting scam attempts like this one.
Last updated: April 4, 2016
First published: April 4, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!