I want to warn readers of fraudulent e-mails
I want to warn readers about a fake e-mail I got pretending to be from my bank, PNC. I have banked at PNC for years (and opened my account with National City, before it was acquired by PNC.) In August, I discussed financing with a Sales Consultant at the Babbitt Road branch, in Euclid, Ohio, and verified my e-mail address.
A few days later, on August 22nd, I received a LEGITIMATE e-mail from PNC about my transaction, that was sent from the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Then on August 23rd, I received a PHONY e-mail PRETENDING to be from PNC. (The sender's line said PNC, and the subjet line said: "Appointment Confirmation." But I already had my appointment days earlier.)
Since some e-mail accounts let you see who the sender is if you hover your cursor over the sender's name, I put the cursor over the letters PNC, and the sender was: email@example.com. I saw immediately that this was NOT a PNC e-mail address.
I called PNC about this, and the representative said I should forward the phony e-mail to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and to mark it as spam and delete it. But, I have NOT opened the email because I am not sure if I can get a virus from it, so I don't know what it says, and will only be able to send PNC the phony e-mail address.
A lot of residents in this area probably bank at PNC, so I want to warn readers about this phony e-mail in case they receive it.
I hope this helps readers. I have atached the two email addresses (that I cut and pasted into a document) for reference.
Jeanne Coppola is a lifelong resident of the Collinwood neighborhood, and is interested in art and writing. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cleveland State University.