Joe Levi:
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Bank of the West Phishing Scam

image There’re coming quickly these days! Phishing scams that is.

The second scam I’ve gotten today is allegedly from Bank of the West with a subject line of Official update [message id: 0646866141].

Dear Bank of the West customer,

As part of the new security measures, all Bank of the West WebDirect users are required to complete WebDirect Customer Form. Please complete the form as soon as possible.

To access the form please click on the following link:[long string of numbers]&email=[your email address]


Bank of the West Customer Service

This email was sent to [your email address] as part of the services of Bank of the West.
If you do not have a relationship with Bank of the West or have received this email in error, please forward this email to

Email ID: AO928.3

As you probably guessed, I’m not (nor have I ever been) a Bank of the West customer. This is yet another attempt to drain your bank account of all your hard earned money.

This time, the domain name is registered to Christo Velkov, ironically, it shares one of the same nameservers with the Bank of America phishing scam I wrote about earlier:


What should you do?

  1. Mark the message as spam.
  2. Do NOT click any link in the email.
  3. If you really want to drain your bank account, why not consider using your funds to pay off my mortgage instead?
  4. Forward the email to and to report the abuse.

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