Major credit card companies and financial institutions are popular victims of phishing attacks. These scammers steal well-known companies’ identities to trick unsuspecting consumers into providing sensitive information. American Express is the latest such company to be targeted.
In this new round of bogus emails, an “America Express Online Security Service Notification” is urging users to click on a link to verify access to their online banking account. The email states that “failure to adhere may affect your online banking access in the future.”
The link takes you to a page that displays the American Express logo and a form to enter your name, date of birth, address, card number, expiration date, PIN and CSC number, American Express user ID and password, as well as email address and associated password. Check out an example of this form.
Always keep in mind that a legitimate email from American Express related to your account will include the last 5 digits of your account number. The email may be fraudulent if it does not contain this information. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of an email supposedly from American Express, you can forward it to email@example.com for appropriate action. Visit www.bbb.org for additional information on phishing scams and to report a scam.