An email saying Straight2Bank Possible Irregular Account Activity pretending to come from Standard Chartered Bank <S2BWeb.Admin@s2bmail.standardchartered.com> is one of today’s phishing attempts. I have received loads of these this morning and they are using several different phish sites
so far the phish sites I have seen are:
There are a few major common subjects in a phishing attempt. The majority are either PayPal or your Bank or Credit Card, with a message saying some thing like :
- There have been unauthorised or suspicious attempts to log in to your account, please verify
- Your account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified
- Your account will be suspended !
- You have received a secure message from < your bank>
- We are unable to verify your account information
- Update Personal Information
- Urgent Account Review Notification
- We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address
- Confirmation of Order
- Possible Irregular Account Activity
The original email looks like this. It will NEVER be a genuine email from PayPal or Your Bank so don’t ever follow the link to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine bank website.Some versions of this phish and similar phishes ask you to fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email. That is also false.
We detected irregular activity on your Straight2Bank Account 28 October, 2015. As the Primary Contact, you must verify your account activity before you can continue using your account. To review your account as soon as possible. Please click on the link below to verify your information with us: https://s2b.standardchartered.com For your security, new charges on the accounts listed above may be rejected. Should you have any query or require further assistance, please contact your Standard Chartered Bank representative.
Regards, [Straight2Bank Admin.]
Thank you for banking with Standard Chartered Bank.
This is a system generated e-mail. Please do not reply to this e-mail. Replies to this message will be returned undeliverable.
This email and any attachments are confidential and may also be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete all copies and notify the sender immediately. You may wish to refer to the incorporation details of Standard Chartered PLC, Standard Chartered Bank and their subsidiaries at https://www.sc.com/en/incorporation-details.html
The link in the email directs you to a fake site, if you look at the fake website, you would be very hard-pressed to tell the difference from the fake one and the genuine site. The only way is look at the address bar and in the Genuine bank site , when using Internet Explorer the entire address bar is in green. ( in Chrome or Firefox, only the padlock symbol on the left of the browser is green)
Th8is one is only asking for passwords, log in details and pin numbers and hasn’t asked for any other personal information.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email or click the link in the email . Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be