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Thanks to Mary Kay Reis for reminding us to not fall for phishing scams.

I got an e-mail yesterday asking me to update my Regions bank account. Thing is, I do not bank at Regions. So I called Regions and they asked me to forward it to their fraud division. It is called phishing. Do not fall for it. So I am passing along the response I got from Regions after I forwarded the unsolicited e-mail. Hope this helps others who may have received these unsolicited e-mails.

Mary Kay

Begin forwarded message:

Date: June 6, 2013, 1:04:20 AM EDT
To: Mary Kay Reis
Subject: Re: Fwd: Online Alert

Please do not reply to this message. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. Should you have any questions, please contact us immediately at 1-800-REGIONS (734-4667).

Regions Bank appreciates your participation in the efforts to stop e-mail scams by forwarding to us a suspicious and potentially fraudulent e-mail.

Please read the following message carefully:

  • If you provided any information to the e-mail or to a link in the e-mail, please call us immediately at 1-800-REGIONS (734-4667).
  • If you simply forwarded us the e-mail and took no other action, the e-mail should be deleted.

Below is a list of things to remember for your online safety:

  • We never send e-mails to verify or request account or personal information.
  • We will not ask you to reactivate a service via e-mail.
  • Check your online account summary regularly and your monthly statements as soon as you receive them and report any suspicious activity immediately.
  • Secure your computer just as you would any other access point into your home. Keep your firewall and virus protection activated and current.
  • The receipt of the suspicious e-mail you are forwarding us could be a sign that your email inbox is not secure. Please work with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to make sure you have the most current spam protection activated.

Security is a high priority at Regions. We quickly notify law enforcement and take steps to have the fraudulent Web sites shut down. Help protect your family and friends by warning them not to respond to “phishing” e-mails.

To learn more about what Regions is doing to protect your financial and personal information, please visit our Web site.

Regions Financial Corporation
Member FDIC

See the FBI's E-scams & Warnings website to keep your computer safe.

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