Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers


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Posted by on Wednesday June 26, 2013 at 16:12:9:

There isa growing number of scammers on the internet and these are people who use the internet to steal from other people by pretending to be authentic.

Lately, I've been getting several emails supposedly from First bank of Nigeria with different subjects and messages such as the following:


From: (but it's actually from

Subject: Safe Use of Internet Services

Dear customer,

We have encountered a generic error on our database server which compromised
some of our customers account due to the circumstance of the error.

We implore you to make sure your account was not compromised due to this error.

Kindly verify your information for safety purpose.

Click here to proceed

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

First Bank Security Department Team

A second one goes like this:

From: (actually from

Subject: Stay Secure Online

Dear Customer,

Your First Bank account was recently updated with a new security enhancement.

For your security, we have temporary suspended your account.

Online banking Log on

Please complete your online verification

Privacy Department.
2013 First Bank Nigeria plc


If someone then clicks on the link in that email, they would be led to a Fake First bank website that would also for your personal details and would then use that to steal money from your bank account if you gave it to them.

3 things that gave this scam away as a fake
- The email address is not email address
- No bank would want you to ever click on a link in your email box
- The landing page is not hosted on

Personally, I don't have an email subscription service setup with First Bank of Nigeria so I didn't expect them sending me any emails.

What to do to protect yourself from bank email scams
- Block the address: If you are using Yahoo mail, simply add that email to your SPAM and Yahoo would automatically block it.
- Never click on any link in your email
- Always log into your internet banking account by first going to the your bank's official website.
- Never provide your personal details to anyone either by phone or email.

    Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by Dele on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 9:57:35:

    Thank you so much, I was getting worried too, never clicked on the link though. It's a relief to see your article reassuring me. Thanks.

    Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by Felix okoli on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 9:57:35:

    Happy it was helpful to you. I hope nobody clicked on that link

    Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by Fyan on Thursday July 18, 2013 at 1:34:2:

    thank you for this post ive gotten the exact same emails

    Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by Benedick on Friday August 9, 2013 at 5:10:45:

    Thanks for this..i have a transaction on your bank.. this is the email that they used.. i have afriend. She is Mrs. Sharon Dixon she told me that her husband are have a account in your bank. Buy this is a dormant account

    Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by NON-FIRST BANK ACCOUNT USER on Friday June 6, 2014 at 16:56:30:
    To Recipients
    Today at 11:35 AM

    Dear valued customer,

    You have been successfully migrated to the new FirstOnline, our enhanced internet banking solution

    Kindly update all your records with us correctly to prevent service interruption/suspension.


    1. Go to https://www.1stbanknigeria- .

    2.Enter Your Current USERID & PASSWORD & a TOKEN CODE

    3. It is mandatory to enter the code generated by your FBN hardware token device

    4. Lastly, Provide the Answer to your secret questions

    5. If you found this message in your spam folder, please kindly move the message to your inbox to enable you click the upgrade link


    You must Synchronize your token to avoid locking of your token thereby making it impossible to carry out transactions online.

    Thank you for banking with us.

    I received this and wondered why they would send me an email to upgrade/update when I've never banked with them in the past? lool smh! But thanks for posting this for others who may fall victim to this.

Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by shokunbi mutiat mojisola on Thursday October 6, 2016 at 11:35:30:

I lost my bank account number and I want itwant it back my account name (shokunbi mutiat mojisola)

Re: Beware of First Bank of Nigeria email scammers Reply by Felix Okoli on Thursday October 6, 2016 at 11:35:30:

Just visit a bank branch and tell them your name, phone number, address and branch you opened the account. They should be able to tell you your account number.

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