Samantha Hayes reporting An email that purports to be safe-guarding your financial information is really trying to steal it.
And it's catching many people off guard because it looks like a message from the bank.
The most recent email claims to have come from Wells Fargo Association.
The email says your bank account has been flagged for unauthorized activity and access to your account will be stopped until you renew information-- just click on the link.
The website that pops up looks official-- there's the Wells Fargo ensigna in the top left corner.
But entering your "username" and social security number makes all your personal and financial information available to the thief who set up the bogus website.
If you go to the real website wellsfargo.com, there is a fraud alert warning customers about three versions of fradulent emails.
Wells Fargo says its customer list has not been violated. The scammers are simply sending random emails and by coincidence some Wells Fargo customers are targeted as well as non customers.
The same scam is also targeting U.S. Bank, Citibank, eBay, and American Online.
Well's Fargo's online Fraud Prevention Guide recommends...
- Memorizing and changing your password regulary.
- Always use wellsfargo.com to access the website directly.
- And the bank says it will never request personal information by email.
Wells Fargo has been in contact with federal authorities to bring down the fraudulent website.