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NatWest “Important Security Update” Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Email claiming to be an important security update from UK-based bank NatWest urges you to click an “online verification” link to complete the update and keep your account “active and protected”.


Analysis:
The email is certainly not from NatWest. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving personal and financial information to online criminals. Clicking the link takes you to a fraudulent website that has been built to closely emulate the real NatWest website.

The fake website first asks you to enter your NatWest login credentials. Next, it asks you to supply a large amount of your personal and financial information, ostensibly as a means of completing the – entirely fictional – security update.

All of the information you supply can be collected by criminals and later used to hijack your NatWest bank account, commit fraudulent credit card transactions in your name, and, possibly, steal your identity.

NatWest is continually targeted in such phishing scams.  It is best to login to your online accounts by typing the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.

The NatWest website includes information about how to report any NatWest phishing scams that you receive.


Example:
NatWest Phishing Scam



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