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Bait and Switch: New Phishing Campaign Hooks Online Banking Users with Fake Rewards


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Online banking users beware! A crafty new phishing campaign is casting its net, aiming to steal login credentials and personal information from unsuspecting victims.

This campaign disguises itself as a promotional offer from [Popular bank name], luring users with the promise of tempting rewards like cashback bonuses or travel vouchers.

The Hook:

Emails claiming to be from [Popular bank name] land in unsuspecting inboxes, congratulating the recipient on qualifying for a special reward due to their “loyal banking activity.” These emails appear legitimate, often mimicking the bank’s branding and using personalized information like the recipient’s name and account ending digits.

The Bite:

The emails then prompt the user to “claim” their reward by clicking on a seemingly innocuous link. However, this link doesn’t lead to the bank’s official website; instead, it directs the user to a meticulously crafted phishing website designed to look identical to the real bank’s login page.

The Steal:

Once on the fake login page, unsuspecting victims enter their usernames, passwords, and potentially even security codes, unknowingly handing over their sensitive information to the attackers. With this stolen data, the phishers can gain access to users’ bank accounts, draining funds, initiating unauthorized transactions, and even hijacking identities.

Red Flags to Watch Out For:

  • Unsolicited rewards: If you receive an email offering rewards from your bank out of the blue, especially if you haven’t actively participated in any promotional programs, be cautious. Legitimate banks typically communicate rewards through secure channels like their official website or mobile app.
  • Urgent calls to action: Emails pressuring you to “claim your reward immediately” are often a red flag. Legitimate banks rarely use such tactics in their official communications.
  • Suspicious URLs: Hover over the provided link before clicking. If it doesn’t lead to the bank’s official website address (usually starting with https://www.[bank name].com), it’s likely a phishing attempt.
  • Typos and grammatical errors: Professional organizations like banks generally maintain high standards in their communications. Emails with typos or grammatical errors are often indicative of phishing attempts.

Protect Yourself:

  • Never click on suspicious links: Always verify the legitimacy of links before clicking. Hover over the link to see the actual URL or contact your bank directly to confirm the offer’s authenticity.
  • Practice strong password hygiene: Use complex passwords for your online banking accounts and enable two-factor authentication wherever possible.
  • Stay informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest phishing tactics and scams by following reliable cybersecurity resources and your bank’s security advisories.
  • Report suspicious activity: If you suspect you’ve encountered a phishing attempt, report it to your bank immediately and consider forwarding the email to a designated phishing reporting address.


Phishing campaigns are constantly evolving, but by staying vigilant and adopting safe online practices, you can protect yourself from falling victim to these digital traps. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Let’s work together to raise awareness and keep online banking secure for everyone. Together, we can keep the phishers at bay and ensure a safe and secure online banking experience for all.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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