Do People Still Fall For Spam Emails?

I have received several emails from “Absa” lately telling me I need to upgrade or update my internet banking service, and the mail includes a link. Although each one is slightly different, this is pretty much what it looks like:

Account Update Notice

Dear Valued Clients,

Absa has initiated a protective procedure to secure
all online banking accounts against theft and identity
forgery.As a result of this Security Program,
we require you to bear with us online for some minutes
and follow the instructions as we will be sending you some
sms for this verification purpose in other to finish the
Security Program Activation.We would suspend your access for
safety reasons until you upgrade. follow the link below

Please go to: I didn’t include the link for obvious reasons

First of all, banks in South Africa almost never communicate with their clients via email except to send statements, and any correspondence is usually addressed to a specific person- not “clients” or “sir”.

Secondly, banks make use of spelling and grammar checks before they send you something, so an email with incorrect capitalisation, spelling and grammar errors, misalignment of paragraphs and such is almost guaranteed to be spam! Read the email I received above. There are glaring errors that official letters simply would not complain!

Here’s what Absa says on their website (and there are actual samples of spam emails on their site):

Be aware of phishing scams

“Often, the content of the email makes reference to your account being suspended, and the only way you can stop this suspension is to click on the link supplied and update your personal details. Although this link does not link to the real Absa website, these websites are usually designed to look exactly like the Absa site, and it becomes difficult to differentiate between this site and the real site.”

7 thoughts on “Do People Still Fall For Spam Emails?

  1. I think someone like my mother may – not because she is stupid but because she just isnt exposed to the world of internet fraud etc. I have warned her now and if she isnt sure she calls me.

    I also had a colleague who would check with me first about these mails – especially if they were from her bank!
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  2. I assumed people don’t fall for it 😐
    With all of the media coverage and “watch out for spam” being drummed into everyone’s head I figured that as soon as someone recieves an email or phonecall they’d be on high alert.
    Perhaps its true… we do live amongst dummies!
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  3. I personally know someone that replies to these e-mails (and 419 type mails) to say that they aren’t sure what this is about and perhaps they have the wrong e-mail address or could they provide more information.

    They walk among us.
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