False email circulating looking for bank account information

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Bank of America customers should be wary of emails that appear to be sent from the bank.  There's an email circulating that could cost you all the money in your accounts.

New Hanover County resident Patrick Reddy almost became the latest victim of identity theft when he received an email from who he thought was his bank.  The email was persuasive and contained the bank's colors and logo.

"It said that a number of attempts have been made to get into our online account, but the passwords had failed, and we would have to respond within 24 hours or they would close our account," said Reddy.

When Reddy received the email he clicked on the link provided because he didn't want his account suspended.  He says he became suspicious when the website asked for his online ID, password, and social security number.

Reddy contacted Bank of America who confirmed the email he received was fraudulent.  A bank representative told Reddy they would never send a letter without his name on it.

The website has since been shutdown, but if you've already submitted any of your personal information it is possible it could be used to commit identity theft.

"I think you and I can be pretty much assured that there are people who fell for it," said Reddy.  "Just one more way the thieves get in our wallets."

If you did, in fact, submit information through the website, call the phone number listed on your bank statement immediately.

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