Email purporting to be from UK bank NatWest claims that your credit card minimum payment is due. It includes a link that supposedly allows you to login to NatWest’s online card services and pay your credit card bill.
The email is not from NatWest. It is a phishing scam designed to steal your NatWest login credentials, your credit card details, and other personal information.
From: Natwest Credit Card
Subject: Natwest – Minimum Payment due
Your credit card Minimum payment is due on the 29/09/2016
Log in to Online Card Service [Link Removed]
Only individuals who have a credit card account are authorised access to Online Banking For the security of customers, any unauthorised attempt to access customer bank information will be monitored and may be subject to legal action
According to this email, which claims to be from UK bank NatWest, your credit card minimum payment is now due. The email urges you to click a link to login to “Online Card Services” and pay your credit card bill.
However, the email is not from NatWest. It is a typical bank phishing scam designed to steal your NatWest login details and other personal and financial information.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent webpage that has been built to closely emulate the real NatWest website.
Once on the fake site, you will be asked to login to “credit card services”. Next, you will be asked to submit your credit card numbers, name, and other information, ostensibly so that you can proceed to pay your bill. At the end of the process, you may be automatically redirected to the genuine NatWest website.
But, now, the online criminals responsible for this phishing attack can hijack your NatWest bank account, commit fraudulent transactions, and, possibly, steal your identity.
Bank phishing scams like this one continue to defraud people all around the world every day. It is always safest to login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via an official app.
The NatWest website explains how to report such phishing scams.
Last updated: September 25, 2016
First published: September 25, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen