I’m sick of receiving spam emails claiming to be from the Commonwealth Bank. They have been flooding my ymail address for weeks and now they’re infiltrating my Google hosted email as well.
I’m not even a customer of the Commonwealth Bank.
But every message needs to be read and marked as spam, which wastes time and effort.
I like to read emails straight away, and as soon as I get an alert there’s a new message I tend to visit the inbox and read it. These are some of the recent emails:
Sent by email@example.com
Dear CommonWealth Bank Account Holder ,
We are currently updating our online banking services , and due to this upgrade we sincerely call your attention to follow below link and confirm your online account details . Failure to confirm the online banking details will suspend you from accesing your account online . Due to this , you are requested to follow the provided steps and confirm your Online Banking details for the safety of your accounts .
link deleted *
* We use the latest security SSL measures to ensure that your online banking experience is safe and secure. The administration asks you to accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused and expresses gratitude for cooperation .
Thank you for your cooperation ,
CommonWealth Bank Group
Sent by firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Commonwealth Bank member,
You have received this email because you or someone had used your account from different locations. For security purpose, we are required to open an investigation into this matter.
In order to safeguard your account, we require that you confirm your online banking details.
The help speed up to this process, please access the following link so we can complete the verification of your Commonwealth Online Banking account registration information.
If we do not receive the appropriate account verification within 48 hours, then we will assume this Commonwealth account is fraudulent and will be suspended.
The purpose of this verification is to ensure that your bank account has not been fraudulently used and to combat the fraud from our community.
Sent by email@example.com
Your NetBank access has been locked as a result of too many incorrect logon attempts.
In order to re-activate, please LOG ON to your NetBank account and follow the steps.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Customer Services
Sent by firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Valued Customer,
This email is your official notification from Commonwealth Bank .Your online NetBank has expired on 25-05-2009 ,if you want to continue using our service you have to renew your acount if not your account will be deactivated and deleted
To continue please click the link below:
Many Thanks and Kind Regards – Commonwealth Bank Customer Department
© Commonwealth Bank of Australia 2009 ABN 48 123 123 124
Final comment: Poorly written using dodgy email addresses, but very annoying.
It surprises me they’re getting through the Google and Yahoo! spam filters.
I don’t imagine the bank is too happy about what’s going on either. They say:
Hoax Emails – There are a large number of spam emails being sent to customers claiming to be from the Bank. Do not be duped. DO NOT CLICK LINKS IN THESE EMAILS NO MATTER HOW GENUINE THEY MAY LOOK. To check if an email is genuine a copy will be available in NetBank for viewing. If you suspect you have received a spam email, please forward it as an attachment to email@example.com and then delete the email.
According to Spam Fighter, the bank last year alerted federal authorities. While the e-mails’ origin is not clear, it said the messages seemed to be “international”.