NBV customers advised not to click on phishing email

Vanuatu’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Vanuatu) yesterday issued an advisory to all National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) customers about an electronic phishing email scam.

CERT Vanuatu stated that yesterday morning it was alerted by citizens about a potential phishing scam.

“As of this morning 8am — Wednesday 18 August 2021, we have received emails from our citizens on a potential Email Phishing attempt.

“The email is claimed to be sent by the Chief Financial Officer of NBV alerting all BNV customers of “Account Freeze”.

“This email is a fake email. It is sent from the fake NBV email Account:

National Bank Of Vanuatu <[email protected]>

“Please ignore and delete the email and DO NOT click on any link attached on the fake/phishing email,” CERT Vanuatu advised.

The CERT Vanuatu Team says anyone affected can contact the team on +678 33380 or email [email protected] to seek help or report further attacks associated with the incident.

NBV customers are also advised to call the bank for more information and help.

This is not the first time for such electronic phishing scams to be detected in the country.

Five years ago, this newspaper reported such electronic scams circulating.

Phishing scams consist of what seems to be legitimate email that is used to entice the user into clicking a link that leads to malicious software.

The malicious software is often used to identify theft, login.