Found the following in my gmail spam this morning:
Enchance Your Regions Online Access
Regions Bank <Aerts_security@regionsbank.com>
to undisclosed recipients
Dear Regions Member,
Your Regions Account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you’ve never used before.
For your protection, we’ve temporarily locked your account until you can review this activity and make sure no one is using your account without your permission.
Did you log into your Regions Account from a new device or an unusual location?
– If this was not you, there’s no need to worry. Simply Download the attached member profile attacment and complete Regions verification form.Otherwise your account will be suspended soon.
For more information, visit our Help Center:by downloading the attachment form and click Submit .
Regions Security Team
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First telltale: undisclosed recipients. This is a sure sign the message is either spam or phishing. If it was a message intended for you, it would have your name on it, not a generic “hey you”.
“Regions Bank”. As I said in the title, who are they when they’re at home? Well, according to Google, Regions Bank is a legitimate enterprise with headquarters in Birmingham Alabama and branches in 16 states. Well, that answers that.
Even with this information, I have trouble believing this is anything other than an attempt to get me to give up personal information. For example, notice the date on this message – 10/12/2012. So has this been wandering aimlessly through cyberspace? I ask because I got it on February 7, 2013, which is at least two months after it was sent or longer depending on whether they used mm/dd/yyyy or dd/mm/yyyy as the format.
The main question I have about this is “Can these people honestly expect that we would have forgotten whether or not we have an account with Regions Bank? Do they think we will just automatically send them the requested information because the message is from a “bank” and therefore must be legitimate? Then again, perhaps some people don’t have any idea where they bank, although I find that hard to believe. But then again, with things such as direct deposit and the fact there seems to be an ATM on every street corner, some people haven’t seen the inside of their bank for years.
If you get this message, just delete it. If you do in fact deal with Regions Bank, phone your branch to ask about this, don’t just blindly assume it’s a real message and respond.
Enjoy your day and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.