The email message below was received this morning. Many have probably received similar emails. It appears to be so valid and compelling that an unsuspecting unwary consumer might actually want to log in and follow the instructions.
The problem is that it is a fraudulent scam. It looks identical to what BMO might actually send...same logos, colours, fonts, etc., but it is NOT from BMO. Ordinarily, knowing this I would have just deleted it but thought I should call BMO just in case and naturally this was confirmed. In turn, it was forwarded to their fraud department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please be wary of these and all similar emails. Banks and other financial providers simply do not issue emails anywhere near like this and when in doubt contact them them directly from your own contact information.
BMO Bank of Montreal Customer Service During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error in your account information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address) Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors
Due to this, we require you to confirm and verify your account information by clicking the link below: