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Examples of FAKE Email Messages.


Emails can hold many traps for the unwary.

Just clicking on an email link can install harmful programs onto your computer.

Filling in bank account or credit card details on a fake bank website can cause you to lose your identity, as well as all the money in your bank account.

Here's 3 simple rules:

NEVER provide personal information in response to an unsolicited email message.

Don't click on any email links in an unsolicited email, especially if it makes you very curious to find out what's behind the link

Don't open attachments that you are not expecting - Even if it's been sent by your Mum!



These are a selection of the fake email messages we have received recently.
Have a look through them so that you will be able to recognise similar ones when you receive them.

The quality varies from poor to excellent. The one thing they have in common is that THEY ARE ALL FAKE.

Clicking on a link, or responding to these type of messages can result in:

  • installation of a virus or worm onto your computer
  • loss of money from bank accounts and credit cards.
  • Identity Theft where your personal details are used illegally.

Examples of Fake Email Messages

These pages are safe to examine. The harmful links have been removed, and replaced with links to a safe page on the WebAngel site.

Money Laundering
This is an attempt to recruit people into illegally transferring funds from bank accounts. It uses the name of the respected Australian online job agency Career-One to add an air of legitimacy.
Account Verification
This fake request for personal details looks very genuine. The reasons given for requesting the information are plausible, and many people have been misled by it.
(Thanks to B.Moloney for passing on this one - he wasn't fooled :-)
Westpac Online Banking
FAKE Account validation request
This one is quite professional and brazen. Although it is full of security type talk, it is still a fake.
Your account would be cleaned out if you had provided your login details on the links helpfully provided in the original email.
Police Investigation This one is REAL cute! Click on the link, and a keystroke capturing program will be installed on your computer. If you visit banks, etc your login details and credit card numbers will be captured for subsequent retrieval by criminals.
If your Microsoft security patches are up to date, this you will be safe from this type of program.
Play it Safe: Don't Click on links in email messages like this one. They are intended to make you curious, and catch you off guard.
FBI Illegal Files This is a message sent out by the Sober-C internet worm.
The wording and syntax errors in the message provide many clues that is it not genuine.
National Australia Bank: FAKE Bank Account Validation Like many other fakes, this one uses images from the genuine bank website.
To lull the reader into a false sense of security many of the links go to the actual fraud warning pages at the National Bank.
Too bad the login goes to a dodgy website.
PayPal: FAKE Identity Verification Very professional looking email - that will allow the criminals to transfer the funds out of your PayPal account.
Lottery Winner
This is a pretty basic con, but a lot of people still get sucked in by it.
Commonwealth Bank FAKE Account Verification This one is not very professional looking.
ANZ Bank
Fake Account Verification
As Above.
National Bank
FAKE Account Verification #2
A simpler attempt than the first National Bank example. (Perhaps it didn't work too well, so they tried to lift their game? )
FAKE System Problems page.
System problems are often used as an excuse to get you to log in and "verify" information. This one is pretty slick, and apparently fooled quite a few people.
St. George Bank
FAKE System Upgrade page.
Another one that says a "system upgrade" has eaten your account details, and you have to log in and provide them.
Freezing of Bank Account due to Criminal Activity This is for a US bank, but don't be surprised if similar letters start appearing for Australian banks.
Reactivate Account
A technical update means that you have to log in and reactivate your account. People REALLY DO provide their confidential bank information in response to messages like this - but you wouldn't - would you ???

provide personal information in response to an unsolicited email message.

NEVER click on any email links in an email that you suspect of being "dodgy". Especially if the wording of the email makes you intensely curious about the contents.




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