After I recently had a Sparkassen phishing email warned, the next candidate rolled in: An email that allegedly came from Postbank and advised me that I should upgrade the BestSign applications. To do this I have to - who would have thought it - click on a button and log in there with my Postbank access data.
Now I don't have a Postbank account, so I was immediately sure that this email was fraudulent nonsense. But if you have an account at the bank, you might get the idea that this email is actually meant seriously. The BestSign app is an application that Postbank customers can use to log into online banking. In this respect, it sounds plausible at first.
Here is the exact wording of the email again:
Dear Sir / Madam,
From March 01.03.2019st, XNUMX, Postbank will upgrade all BestSign applications. As part of a BestSign upgrade, the security of every customer account is still guaranteed.
To participate in the upgrade, please open the activation link below.
We strongly recommend that you perform this upgrade. In the event of an abstention, your Postbank ID will no longer be accessible to you.
As a respected and reputable financial institution, we are committed to maximizing trust and security for our customers and guaranteeing excellent payment transactions in the long term.
Please note the urgency of this upgrade.
Your Postbank team
A few weeks ago I already had an article on the blog that explained What points to look out for in emails in order to identify so-called phishing emails. When it comes to the supposed Postbank e-mail, some points seem strange to me, which is why, with a little practice, you can quickly expose them as dubious nonsense:
I think you can see that there are numerous points here that indicate fraudulent intent. I would therefore not click on the link in the mail under any circumstances. In any case, banks send really important messages by post and not by e-mail. The financial institutions are well aware of how many phishing emails are on their way. This means that the chance that the mail will simply be deleted is relatively high.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.