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‘Metro Bank Alert Message’ Phishing Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from the UK’s Metro Bank, you haven’t viewed your last 3 online statements.  The email suggests that you click a link to go online and read your statements.

However, the email is not from Metro Bank.  Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your bank account login details and other sensitive personal and financial information.

Clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that has been designed to look like the genuine Metro Bank home page.

Phishing scams like this one are very common.  You can read more information about phishing scams here.

And, Metro Bank has published information about recognising phishing attacks on its website.

Example:

Subject: Metro Bank Alert Message
 
You haven't viewed your last 3 online statements.

Your statement shows the current interest rates, fees and charges and amount due to be paid by you. It's important to read each month's statement to check that all the information on it is correct.

You can view your statement once you've signed in to online banking.Please go online now to 
view your recent statements

Your statement may include other information such as Notices of Variation to terms and 
conditions Notices of Sums in Arrears, Notices of Default Sums and Annual Statements or other 
important notices, so please view your statement as soon as possible.

Metro Bank
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA


Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer