Delete: NAB phishing scam currently circulating

Posted by Jaclyn McRae on 25 May 2017 17:30:00 AEST

A new email scam mimicking a Big Four bank falsely tells recipients their account has been disabled.

The phishing email tells recipients to click a link to reactivate their account.

But those who do are taken to a realistic copy of the NAB internet banking website, designed to harvest victims’ account ID and password.

The plain-text email contains the subject line ‘Notification’ and is sent from

NAB phishing email MailGuard.jpg

It contains a directive to ‘Click here’ to activate the account, but the link points to a realistic duplication of the real NAB website.

NAB phishing landing page MailGuard.jpg

The emails are forged from the address

MailGuard blocked the distribution of thousands of copies of the email this afternoon.

What’s the goal of a phishing website?

A phishing scam is a fraudulent attempt to steal your information or identity for financial gain. 

In this case, the perpetrators want victim’s banking details.

Creating a fake website allows them to collect peoples’ account number and passwords without arousing suspicion.

That valuable information is collected and used to make future unauthorised transactions.

Tell-tale signs of phishing scams

  • Generic greetings, such as ‘Dear customer’
  • A sense of urgency
  • Bad grammar or misuse of punctuation and poor-quality or distorted graphics
  • An instruction to click a link to perform an action (hover over them to see where you’re really being directed)
  • Obscure sending addresses (for example, Hotmail, gmail, Yahoo addresses should set alarms bells ringing)

Advice from NAB on scams

NAB says it’s aware of a similar phishing email targeting customers.

“If you receive this type of email, please forward it to and then delete it,” the NAB website advises.

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