MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Online scammers are becoming more targeted in their approach to gain your confidential information. You know you didn't wire transfer $6,000 to another bank account, but an email in your inbox with a popular bank logo on it says you did.
Scammers have the ability to use social media, email, and websites to convince you sharing your personal information is just another step in the process of gaining an inheritance from a long-lost relative, helping a friend who has been robbed in another country, or claiming your million dollar prize for a contest you can't remember entering.
Technology allows these nameless con artists to seemingly represent a real company, and the latest in the cycle of electronic stings is using the Bank of America logo to tell you you've just changed your primary email address and they want to confirm the change.
Conveniently enough, if you did not change your email address associated with your bank account, the email provides a link to click on "If you did not authorize this change." The brazen crooks instruct you to confirm that the email is actually from Bank of America by clicking a link in the email. However, the real problems begin if you fall victim to giving the hackers your information.
One Myrtle Beach resident received the email pictured to the right, which specifically lists a date when the change was supposedly made to your account.
If you receive an email claiming your Bank of America account has been changed, and you know you have not made that update, do not click on the links provided.
Sharing any personal information could result in the loss of your personal information as well as a financial disaster. You can report any suspicious activity requesting your information to the Better Business Bureau.