Email purporting to be from UK-based bank NatWest claims that you have one new mail concerning a payment made to your account and should click a link to conduct a verification process.
The email is not from NatWest. It is a typical phishing scam designed to trick you into giving personal and financial information to online criminals. If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to mirror the genuine NatWest website.
Once on the fake website, you will firstly be asked to input your NatWest login credentials. Next, you will be asked to supply a large amount of your personal and financial information, ostensibly to allow a payment to be processed.
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.
Like other major banks, NatWest is continually targeted in such phishing scams. It is always safest 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.
Subject: Payment Successful
You have 1 new mail concerning a payment made to your accountClick here to follow instructions for verification processNatWest
Last updated: December 8, 2016
First published: December 8, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen