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Scammers Mimic Real Banking Emails | Attack Spotlight | Proofpoint

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Cybercriminals are constantly refining their phishing emails and trying new tactics — and keeping up can seem like a constant battle. Attack Spotlight is our way of providing timely, actionable threat information you can use to arm your end users against these ever-evolving cyberattacks. 

Trending Threat: Scammers Mimic Real Banking Emails 

Scammers are targeting over 280,000 mailboxes with malicious emails that try to trick users into revealing credentials for financial institutions. Scammers have abused more than 160 financial brands and add more brands each day. Financial credential phish are particularly dangerous for privileged users who have access to corporate financial account information. However, these attacks can target any individual within an organization. 


Scammers are working hard to make their lures and landing pages look legitimate. They are paying more attention to graphics and mimic real brands as closely as possible. Some scammers are using information gleaned from previous data breaches or internal compromised accounts. This can include posing as someone authorized to make a request. They could also include details such as partial account numbers. Make sure your employees stay alert.  

What Can I Do? 

Proofpoint’s Attack Spotlight quickly shows users how to identify these types of malicious emails. Send this brief content to your users so that they can learn how to avoid being tricked by financial credential phishing messages.

We've also provided a sample message and the link you can copy and paste into an email for your users.