If you are a customer of Scotiabank and use the bank’s online services, WARNING OF THE EMAIL that tells customers that their account has been “frozen” after detecting an improper closing when last used.

At first glance the email looks legitimate, the from to says “scotia.co.cr, there is the Scotiabank logo and a link “Scotiabankcr.com”.

However, when the shock of the frozen account – especially on a Friday afternoon and on payday in Costa Rica- wears off, you will notice that the link is a redirect.

The www,scotiabankcr.com allows access to the bank’s website, but to enter the online banking the correct URL is www.scotiabank.fi.cr. The bank has posted a warning on access to its online banking site.

DO NOT CLICK OR FOLLOW THE LINK IN THE EMAIL!

Typically customers of state banks like the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) and the Banco Nacional (BN) have been target of phishing emails.

Following is a sample content of the email:

Estimado cliente de Scotiabank le informamos que nuestro sistema de seguridad ha detectado problemas en su cuenta, debido a que en su último ingreso no finalizo de manera correcta, y por cuestiones de seguridad su cuenta ha sido bloquea, para el desbloqueo de su cuenta será necesario hacer una pequeña verificación de identidad.
Una vez emitido este correo electrónico tendrá un plazo de 24 horas para llevar acabo dicha acción de lo contrario y por medidas de seguridad su cuenta sera congelada.

Entre aquí para realizar el desbloqueo de su cuenta http://www.scotiabankcr.com/

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