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Bank of Hawaii Warns of Phishing Scam

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Honolulu, Hawaii (October 24, 2007) - Bank of Hawaii is warning of a “phishing” scam bearing Bank of Hawaii’s name, and is reminding people who receive the fraudulent email that they should not respond.  The email asks individuals to fill out an online survey in order to receive a $100 reward credited to their account. 

Phishing is a federal crime where con artists send out thousands of fake, but authentic-looking, emails in an attempt to trick unsuspecting recipients into revealing their account numbers, passwords and Social Security numbers. 

Bank of Hawaii does not send email to its customers to ask them to submit personal I.D. information.  Any such request should be viewed as highly suspicious and recipients should not respond or click on any of the links which appear in the email.

The bank is working with law enforcement agencies and internet security experts to shut down fraudulent websites and stop the scam emails.  However, despite success in shutting down sites, fraudsters can quickly set up new bogus sites, commonly in foreign countries.  “Phishers” obtain email addresses though a variety of methods, including scouring the internet for email addresses in newsgroups, forums, blogs, and even contest entries to build their lists.  These emails are sent indiscriminately to customers and non-customers. 

Recipients of a suspected fraudulent email can forward it to emailfraud@boh.com.  In the event a recipient mistakenly provided personal information, he or she should immediately contact Bank of Hawaii at: 1-888-643-3888 where staff will assist them with protecting their finances.