A fake Westpac email
The image shown below is of an email recieved by one of our clients. Note that in this case, the 'from' email is clearly not a Westpac one. They have merely made their name 'Westpac Online', but the email account that has probably been hacked to send these scams is an xtra email.
In more clever examples the perpetrators often use a more convincing email address like wespac.online@###.com or even firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tell tale signs of a scam...
Watch out for any email that does the following;
- Sounds alarming or worrying, screams of urgency or desparation.
- Demands or stimulates a desire for immediate and urgent action or attention.
The best practice for dealing with these types of emails, is to be suspicious of even the most genuine. If a bank want to warn you about something, they WON'T ask you to log in to confirm anything.