Police warn about email scam


Police are warning the public about a scam involving email messages claiming to be from financial institutions.

The email says it is an alert from a named bank and claims the recipient’s account has experienced suspicious online activity, police said. It instructs the recipient to click on a link to verify the account. Once the recipient clicks on the link, he is asked to provide personal information that, if provided, would make the recipient an easy target of identity theft.

Police have seen variations of these official-looking email messages purporting to be from different banks. Detectives have determined that the emails originated outside the United States.

Police urge the public not to respond to these bogus bank emails, noting legitimate banks do not ask for personal information over the phone or through the Internet. Recipients are encouraged to contact their financial institutions directly if they have any doubts about an email.