A scam email purporting to come from Dutch bank ABN Amro addresses recipients by their names. The message suggests that the sender is a local ABN Amro office. This is done to make it look credible, which it isn’t.
The conmen who crafted this fake email have somehow managed to link the recipient’s email address, their full names and their home address. Recipients living in the town of Winsum or the village of Ochten, for example, will see these place names at the bottom of the message. The information may have originated from a hacked database.
Here’s an example of this email (click to enlarge):
Fraud Help Desk recently warned of scam email pretending to come from another Dutch bank, SNS. These messages also contained names, email accounts and places of residence. Earlier, the name of Rabobank was used in a similar scam.
Unsuspecting recipients who click on the link given in this message, will be redirected to a website that looks very much like the authentic ANB Amro website.
Ignore this type of scam emails. Banks don’t usually send important messages via email; they use their secure online banking environment instead, or send letter via regular mail.